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John Taronites, sebastos (eleventh/twelfth century)

 
 

Obverse

Bust of the Mother of God with her hands raised in prayer, the medallion of Christ before her. Inscription on either side: μ̅θυ̅ : Μ(ήτηρ) Θ(εο)ῦ. Along the circumference, traces of a circular inscription: ΗΘΕΟΤ : ἡ Θεοτ[όκος ἁπλοῦσα]. Border of dots.

Reverse

Inscription of six lines, a cross above. Border of dots.


σποι
θμοι
̣σι̅
ατ
ταρνι
τ̣.

[Δέ]σποι[να], β(οή)θ(ει) μοι [τ]ῷ σῷ δ(ούλῳ) Ἰω(άννῃ) [σε]βαστῷ τῷ Ταρωνίτῃ

Obverse

Bust of the Mother of God with her hands raised in prayer, the medallion of Christ before her. Inscription on either side: μ̅θυ̅ : Μ(ήτηρ) Θ(εο)ῦ. Along the circumference, traces of a circular inscription: ΗΘΕΟΤ : ἡ Θεοτ[όκος ἁπλοῦσα]. Border of dots.

Reverse

Inscription of six lines, a cross above. Border of dots.


σποι
θμοι
̣σι̅
ατ
ταρνι
τ̣.

[Δέ]σποι[να], β(οή)θ(ει) μοι [τ]ῷ σῷ δ(ούλῳ) Ἰω(άννῃ) [σε]βαστῷ τῷ Ταρωνίτῃ

Accession number BZS.1947.2.1309
Diameter 25.0 mm
Previous Editions

Cf. Wassiliou-Seibt, Siegel mit metrischen Legenden I, no. 610. See also Stratos Nikolaros, “Die Taronitai. Eine prosopographisch-sigillographische Studie,” Millennium 14 (2017), 227-291, no.18.

Translation

Δέσποινα, βοήθει μοι τῷ σῷ δούλῳ Ἰωάννῃ σεβαστῷ τῷ Ταρωνίτῃ.

Lady, help me, your servant the sebastos John Taronites.

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