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Anna Dalassene, nun and mother of the emperor (eleventh century)

 
 

Obverse

Inscription of four lines. Border of dots.

κε̅,θ,
αννη
τηδαλασ
σηνη

Κύριε βοήθει Ἄννῃ μοναχ τῇ Δαλασσηνῇ

Reverse

Inscription of four lines. Border of dots.

τημη
τριτου
ασιλε
σ

τῇ μητρὶ τοῦ βασιλέως

Obverse

Inscription of four lines. Border of dots.

κε̅,θ,
αννη
τηδαλασ
σηνη

Κύριε βοήθει Ἄννῃ μοναχ τῇ Δαλασσηνῇ

Reverse

Inscription of four lines. Border of dots.

τημη
τριτου
ασιλε
σ

τῇ μητρὶ τοῦ βασιλέως

Accession number BZS.1947.2.1125
Diameter 24.0 mm; field: 18.0 mm
Previous Editions

Laurent, Corpus V/2, no. 1461; Zacos-Veglery, no. 2696; Oikonomides, Dated Seals, no. 102.

Translation

Κύριε βοήθει Ἄννῃ μοναχῇ τῇ Δαλασσηνῇ τῇ μητρὶ τοῦ βασιλέως.

Lord, help Anna Dalassena, nun and mother of the emperor.

Commentary

Anna Dalassene was the mother of Alexios I Komnenos. Hence, this seal must date between his accession in 1081 and her death some time between 1100 and 1102.