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Symeon patrikios, anthypatos, vestes, judge, and kourator of Mytilene (eleventh century)

Accession number BZS.1958.106.5099
Diameter 22 mm
Condition Lead too small for die.
Previous Editions

DO Seals 2, no. 51.5.

Obverse

Two standing figures in profile raising their hands to a bust (likely of Christ) up in the center. The beardless figure wears a richly decorated dress; his bearded counterpart is accompanied by the vertical inscription. .|Υ|Μ|Ε|Ο|Ν: Συμεόν. No border visible.

Reverse

Inscription of six lines preceded by an ornament. Linear border.


ΣΥΜΕ.
Π̅Ρ̅Ι̅⸣ΑΝΘΥ.
ΕΣΤΗΡΙ.
ΚΑΙΚΟΥΡΑ.
ΜΙΤΥΛΗ
ΝΗΣ

Συμεὼν πατρικίῳ, ἀνθυπάτῳ, βέστῃ, κριτῇ καὶ κουράτορι Μιτυλήνης

Translation

Συμεὼν πατρικίῳ, ἀνθυπάτῳ, βέστῃ, κριτῇ καὶ κουράτορι Μιτυλήνης.

Symeon patrikios, anthypatos, vestes, judge and kourator of Mytilene.

Commentary

We suspect that on the obverse we may have a representation of St. Symeon the archbishop of Persia, together with his fellow martyr, the eunuch and praepositus of the palace Gousthazat (because of the richly decorated dress), adoring the bust of Christ (see Syn. Eccl. CP. 607).

On line 3 of the reverse, the engraver mistakenly inscribed the Η of the word βέστῃ instead of the initial Κ of κριτῇ. It is therefore likely that the titles and offices listed on the reverse were given in the nominative case, rather than the dative, and that the inscription was not preceded by an invocation (Lord, help thy servant) as might have been expected.

Accession number BZS.1958.106.5099
Diameter 22 mm
Condition Lead too small for die.
Previous Editions

DO Seals 2, no. 51.5.

Notes

Accession number BZS.1958.106.5099
Diameter 22 mm
Condition Lead too small for die.
Previous Editions

DO Seals 2, no. 51.5.

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