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Polyeuktos deacon, synkellos and protekdikos (tenth century)

Accession number BZS 1951.31.5.2596
Diameter 39 mm
Field diameter 20 mm
Condition Struck four times on a blank over an understrike with a larger field.
Previous Editions

Laurent, Corpus V/1, no. 108 (with errors in reading and restitution).

Obverse

Bust of the Mother of God (with the unusual epithet Alypos = "free of sorrow"), orans with the medallion of Christ before her. Sigla on either side: ΜΡΘΥ: Μήτηρ Θεοῦ. Along the upper circumference, the inscription: ΗΑΛΥΠ: Ἡ Ἄλυπος. Border of dots.

Reverse

Inscription in seven lines with decoration above. Border of dots.


.ΓΝΗΣΡΑ
.ΙΣΜΟΙΠΟΛΥ
ΕYΚΤΣΥΓΚΕ
ΛΛΤΝΕΚΔΙ
Κ...ΡΤ
ΤΕ.ΔΙΑ
Κ..

γνὴ σφραγίς μοι Πολυέκτῳ συγκέλλῳ
τῶν ἐκδικων πρώτῳ τε (καὶ) διακόν

Translation

Ἀγνὴ σφραγίς μοι Πολυέκτῳ συγκέλλῳ
τῶν ἐκδικων πρώτῳ τε καὶ διακόνῳ.

Holy seal [i.e. the Virgin], (help) me, the synkellos Polyeuktos, protos of the ekdikoi and deacon.

Commentary

This seal was struck four times by the same die in an effort to cover up an understrike, the existence of which is clear from the remnants left around and within the four strikes, but which cannot be read. The readings here given of the obverse and reverse combine the four strikes present on this seal (of which there are two obverses and two reverses on both sides). The reverse contains two dodecasyllables, the second of which inverts the words protos and ekdikos for sake of the metre.

In his commentary to this seal, Laurent speculated that the Polyeuktos named upon it was the future Patriarch (956-970) famous for his encounters with the emperors Nikephoros Phokas and John Tzimiskes.

Accession number BZS 1951.31.5.2596
Diameter 39 mm
Field diameter 20 mm
Condition Struck four times on a blank over an understrike with a larger field.
Previous Editions

Laurent, Corpus V/1, no. 108 (with errors in reading and restitution).

Accession number BZS 1951.31.5.2596
Diameter 39 mm
Field diameter 20 mm
Condition Struck four times on a blank over an understrike with a larger field.
Previous Editions

Laurent, Corpus V/1, no. 108 (with errors in reading and restitution).

Notes

Accession number BZS 1951.31.5.2596
Diameter 39 mm
Field diameter 20 mm
Condition Struck four times on a blank over an understrike with a larger field.
Previous Editions

Laurent, Corpus V/1, no. 108 (with errors in reading and restitution).

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