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Nicholas Leontares (thirteenth century)

Accession number BZS.1955.1.3862
Diameter 32 mm
Field diameter 29 mm
Previous Editions

Cf. Wassiliou-Seibt, Siegel mit metrischen Legenden I, no. 740.

Obverse

St. Nicholas standing and offering a blessing. Sigla: ο|α|γι|ονι|κο|λα|ο : Ὁ ἅγιος Νικόλαος. Thick linear border.

Reverse

Inscription of six lines beginning with a cross. Line border.

ενδυπ
τυχωσετρι
σμακαρπε̅ργρ
αφωνικολαοσ
δλοσσοσλ
εονταρισ

Ἐν δυπτύχῳ σε, τρισμάκαρ πάτερ, γράφω Νικόλαος δοῦλος σὸς Λεοντάρις

Translation

Ἐν δυπτύχῳ σε, τρισμάκαρ πάτερ, γράφω Νικόλαος δοῦλος σὸς Λεοντάρις.

I, your servant Nicholas Leontares, inscribe you on my seal, thrice-blessèd father.

Commentary

Note the owner's use of the (metaphorical) term δίπτυχον ("two-sided") to refer to the seal.

The inscription is undoubtedly metrical, but it is unusual in beginning with two five-syllable hemistichs and concluding with two seven-syllable hemistichs. What is more, as Wassiliou-Seibt has noted, the third hemistich is one syllable short, unless we assume a haplography (the ος in Νικόλαος doubling as ὡς). The family name Leontares is well attested in the Palaiologan period.

Accession number BZS.1955.1.3862
Diameter 32 mm
Field diameter 29 mm
Previous Editions

Cf. Wassiliou-Seibt, Siegel mit metrischen Legenden I, no. 740.

Accession number BZS.1955.1.3862
Diameter 32 mm
Field diameter 29 mm
Previous Editions

Cf. Wassiliou-Seibt, Siegel mit metrischen Legenden I, no. 740.

Notes

Accession number BZS.1955.1.3862
Diameter 32 mm
Field diameter 29 mm
Previous Editions

Cf. Wassiliou-Seibt, Siegel mit metrischen Legenden I, no. 740.

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