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George protonotarios and xenodochos of St. Sampson (ninth/tenth centuries)

Accession number BZS.1958.106.5472
Diameter 25 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 5 no. 37.3.


Cross potent on three steps; circular inscription (unreadable). No visible border.


Inscription of five lines, a cross above. Border of dots.


Γεω[ργ]ίῳ (πρωτο)νοταρ(ίῳ) κ(αὶ) ξενοδόχῳ τῶν Σαμψώ(ν)


Κύριε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ Γεωργίῳ πρωτονοταρίῳ καὶ ξενοδόχῳ τῶν Σαμψών.

Lord, help your servant George protonotarios and xenodochos of St. Sampson.


In Künker Sale 25 (29 September–1 October 1993, no. 545) there appeared a seal of the seventh/eighth centuries with a cruciform invocative monogram (type V) on the obverse and on the reverse an inscription reading Γεωργίῳ πρωτονοταρίῳ καὶ ξενοδόχῳ τοῦ Σαμψών. Cf. SBS 6 (1999): 136. The xenodochos of St. Sampson was assisted by chartoularioi (see Miller, "Sampson Hospital," 126).

W. Seibt, however, in his review of DO Seals 5 (BZ 100 [2007]: 234) notes that the seal mentioned above should rather be dated to the second half of the ninth century, and that it belonged to the same individual as the present seal (see BZ 89 [1996]: 322).