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George cleric of Eleïmon (tenth/eleventh century)

Accession Number:
BZS.1958.106.2002

Previous Editions

DO Seals 5, no. 74.1.

Details

Diameter:
18 mm

Obverse

George cleric of Eleïmon (tenth/eleventh century)

Bust of St. Nicholas blessing with his right hand and holding a book, decorated with pellets, in his left. Inscription in two columns: |ν|ηκ|ο|λ: Ὁ ἅ(γιος) Νηκόλ(αος). Along the circumference, beginning at 9 o'clock, a circular invocative inscription. No visible border.

γιετ..οη.η

Ἅγιε τοῦ [Θ(εο)ῦ] βοή[θ]η

Reverse

George cleric of Eleïmon (tenth/eleventh century)

Inscription of five lines. No visible border.

τσ
ˋγε
.γηοκλ
ηρικοελ
ειμον

τῷ σῷ δ(ούλῳ) Γεω[ρ]γήο κληρικο Ἑλεΐμον(ος)

Translation

Ἅγιε τοῦ Θεοῦ βοήθη τῷ σῷ δούλῳ Γεωργήο κληρικο Ἑλεΐμονος.

Holy man of God, help your servant George, cleric of Eleïmon.

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Commentary

It appears that the seal attests a church of (St. Nicholas) ὁ Ἐλε(ή)μων. Although one would have expected the name of the institution to be preceded by the definite article, this reading seems preferable to the alternative that George identifies himself as "merciful," with the final word as ἐλε(ή)μον(ι).

 

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