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Anna Komnene, daughter of a kaisarissa and of a despotes kaisar (twelfth century)

 
 

Obverse

Inscription of five lines, preceded by decoration. Indeterminate border.


ΑΝΝΗΣ
ΚΟ..Ν
ΗΣ
ΘΥ...Ρ..
ΚΑΙΣ...
ΣΗΣ

Ἄννης Κομνηνῆς θυγατρὸς καισαρίσσης

Reverse

Inscription of five lines. Indeterminate border.

ΚΑΙ
Ε.ΠΟΤ.
ΚΑ...ΡΟ.
ΕΥΤΧΕ
ΑΤ.

καὶ δεσπότου καίσαρος εὐτυχεστάτου

Obverse

Inscription of five lines, preceded by decoration. Indeterminate border.


ΑΝΝΗΣ
ΚΟ..Ν
ΗΣ
ΘΥ...Ρ..
ΚΑΙΣ...
ΣΗΣ

Ἄννης Κομνηνῆς θυγατρὸς καισαρίσσης

Reverse

Inscription of five lines. Indeterminate border.

ΚΑΙ
Ε.ΠΟΤ.
ΚΑ...ΡΟ.
ΕΥΤΧΕ
ΑΤ.

καὶ δεσπότου καίσαρος εὐτυχεστάτου

Accession number BZS.1958.106.516
Diameter 29.0 mm
Previous Editions

Cf. Wassiliou-Seibt, Siegel mit metrischen Legenden I, no. 120; Zacos-Veglery, no. 2722.

Translation

Ἄννης Κομνηνῆς θυγατρὸς καισαρίσσης καὶ δεσπότου καίσαρος εὐτυχεστάτου.

The seal of Anna Komnene, daughter of a kaisarissa and of a most blessèd despotes caesar.

Commentary

Previous editors have identified this Anna as the daughter of John Dalassenos Rogerios, who married Maria, daughter of the emperor John II Komnenos (1118-1143). The titles kaisar and despotes (granted a son-in-law of the emperor) indicating Anna's parentage in the inscription therefore highlight her connection to the imperial family.