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John (member of the) diakonia of the church of the Blachernae (ninth century, first half)

Accession Number:
BZS.1958.106.257

Previous Editions

DO Seals 5 no. 31.1a; Laurent, Corpus 5.3: no. 1921; Zacos–Veglery, no. 2008 (with misreading).

Details

Diameter:
22 mm
Condition:
Chipped. Token; no channel for suspension.

Obverse

John (member of the) diakonia of the church of the Blachernae (ninth century, first half)

Cruciform invocative monogram (type V); in the quarters: Ι|Ν: Ἰωάννῃ. Wreath border.

Θεοτόκε βοήθει Ἰωάννῃ

Reverse

John (member of the) diakonia of the church of the Blachernae (ninth century, first half)

Inscription of four lines, row of dots below. Indeterminate border.

ΤΗΣ
/ΚΟΝΙ/Τ/
ΝΕΒΛ
ΧΕΡ.


Τῆς δ(ια)κονί(ας) τ(οῦ) νεὼ Βλαχερ[ν]ώ(ν)

Translation

Θεοτόκε βοήθει Ἰωάννῃ τῆς διακονίας τοῦ νεὼ Βλαχερνών.

Mother of God, help John, (member) of the diakonia of the new Blachernae.

Audio

Commentary

The inscription on the reverse constitutes a twelve-syllable verse.

 

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