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John Kostomyres, patrikios, dikastes of Macedonia, Thrace (eleventh century)

 
 

Obverse

Inscription of five lines preceded by decoration, the final two letters between horizontal bars. Border of dots.

  
σφραγ,
δικαστου
μακεδονι
ασθρακ
ησ

Σφραγ(ὶς) δικαστοῦ Μακεδονίας, Θρᾷκης

Reverse

Inscription of four lines, preceded and followed by decoration. Border of dots.

  
τουπα
τρικι
ι̅
τουκοστο
μυρη
  

τοῦ πατρικίου Ἰω(άννου) τοῦ Κοστομύρη

Obverse

Inscription of five lines preceded by decoration, the final two letters between horizontal bars. Border of dots.

  
σφραγ,
δικαστου
μακεδονι
ασθρακ
ησ

Σφραγ(ὶς) δικαστοῦ Μακεδονίας, Θρᾷκης

Reverse

Inscription of four lines, preceded and followed by decoration. Border of dots.

  
τουπα
τρικι
ι̅
τουκοστο
μυρη
  

τοῦ πατρικίου Ἰω(άννου) τοῦ Κοστομύρη

Accession number BZS.1955.1.4188
Diameter 23.0 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 5 no. 100.1. See also Wassiliou-Seibt, Siegel mit metrischen Legenden II, no. 2414a.

Translation

Σφραγὶς δικαστοῦ Μακεδονίας, Θρᾷκης τοῦ πατρικίου Ἰωάννου τοῦ Κοστομύρη.

Seal of the patrikios John Kostomyres, dikastes of Macedonia and Thrace.

Commentary

The obverse is a twelve-syllable verse.

A similar seal is preserved in the Hermitage (M-6524). On the reverse the Christian name is spelled in full. Concerning variations in the spelling of the name Kostomyres, see A. K. Wassiliou, "Zur indirekten Überlieferung von Siegeln in byzantinischen Urkunden," 148–49.