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Samuel Trapezites (?) (eleventh century)

Accession Number:
BZS.1958.106.2861

Previous Editions

Cf. Wassiliou-Seibt, Siegel mit metrischen Legenden I, no. 482.

Details

Diameter:
24 mm

Obverse

Samuel Trapezites (?) (eleventh century)

The Old Testament prophet Samuel standing, holding a horn in his right hand and an open scroll in his left. Sigla: ο|ο|η|τσ|α|μ||η : Ὁ προφήτης Σαμουήλ. Border of dots.

Reverse

Samuel Trapezites (?) (eleventh century)

Inscription of five lines. Border of dots.

γρα,
σφραγι,
σαμηλ
τραπεˊ
τ

Γραφὰς σφραγίζω Σαμουὴλ Τραπεζίτου

Translation

Γραφὰς σφραγίζω Σαμουὴλ Τραπεζίτου.

I seal the letters of Samuel Trapezites.

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Commentary

In her commentary Wassiliou-Seibt notes that Trapezites is otherwise unattested as a family name. It is therefore possible that for sake of the metre trapezites is here a shortened form of έπι τῆς τραπέζης (an office in the palace) or simply "banker."

 

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