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Christodoulos deacon (eighth/ninth century)

 
 

Obverse

Greek cross with arms that are enlarged and ornamented by pellets at their ends. In an X across it, is another cross. Around, circular inscription within a border of dots.

..ΓΙΑΕΣΠΟΙΝΑΘΕΟΤΟΚΕΒΟΗΘ..

γία δέσποινα Θεοτόκε βοήθει

Reverse

Greek cross with arms that are enlarged and ornamented by pellets at their ends. In an X across it, is another cross. Around, circular inscription within a border of dots.

...ΙΣΤΟΟΥΛΩΙΑΚΟΝΩ

Χριστοδούλῳ διακόνῳ

Obverse

Greek cross with arms that are enlarged and ornamented by pellets at their ends. In an X across it, is another cross. Around, circular inscription within a border of dots.

..ΓΙΑΕΣΠΟΙΝΑΘΕΟΤΟΚΕΒΟΗΘ..

γία δέσποινα Θεοτόκε βοήθει

Reverse

Greek cross with arms that are enlarged and ornamented by pellets at their ends. In an X across it, is another cross. Around, circular inscription within a border of dots.

...ΙΣΤΟΟΥΛΩΙΑΚΟΝΩ

Χριστοδούλῳ διακόνῳ

Accession number BZS.1947.2.303
Diameter 33.0 mm; field: 25.0 mm
Previous Editions

Laurent, Corpus V/2, no. 1024.

Translation

Ἁγία δέσποινα Θεοτόκε βοήθει Χριστοδούλῳ διακόνῳ.

Holy mistress Theotokos, help Christodoulos deacon.

Commentary

Laurent dates this seal to the tenth century; however based on the style of the lettering--particularly the Β on the obverse--it should instead be dated earlier to the eighth century, or at the latest to the early ninth.