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[Anast/Tara]sios (?) hypatos and gerokomos on the property of Eugenios (ninth century)

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.2405
Diameter 25 mm
Condition One-third missing at the top.
Previous Editions

DO Seals 5 no. 35.1.

Obverse

Cruciform monogram (indeterminate type); in the quarters, remains of inscription: ΔΛ: [τῷ σῷ] δούλῳ. No visible border.

Reverse

Inscription of four lines, top line missing. Indeterminate border.

ΣΙΥΠ
SΓΗΡΟΚ/
ΕΥΓΕ.

[Ἀναστα or Ταρα]σίῳ ὑπ(άτῳ) (καὶ) γηροκ(όμῳ) [τ(ῶν)] Εὐγε[ν(ίου)]

Translation

Κύριε or Θεοτόκε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ Ἀναστασίῳ/Ταρασίῳ ὑπάτῳ καὶ γηροκόμῳ τῶν Εὐγενίου.

Lord or Mother of God, help your servant Anastasios/Tarasios hypatos and gerokomos of the property of Eugenios.

Commentary

Schlumberger (Sig., 154, no. 1) has published a similar seal (now in Vienna, MK 97) of the ninth century, The obverse bears a cruciform invocative monogram and the reverse an inscription of four lines, which the editor read: Κυριτζίῳ ὑπάτῳ καὶ γηροκόμῳ τῶν Εὐγενίου. On our seal the letters CIW are clearly visible on the second line.

The quarter known as τὰ Εὐγενίου was located on the Golden Horn. The head of the gerokomeion τῶν Εὐγενίου customarily delivered a eulogy to the emperor on the occasion of his visit to the Blachernae and his ritual bath in the Blachernae's waters. See Janin, Églises, 554, and idem, CPbyz, 349.

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.2405
Diameter 25 mm
Condition One-third missing at the top.
Previous Editions

DO Seals 5 no. 35.1.

Notes

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.2405
Diameter 25 mm
Condition One-third missing at the top.
Previous Editions

DO Seals 5 no. 35.1.

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