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Michael Rodios, exisotes of Athens (eleventh/twelfth century)

Accession number BZS.1947.2.1534
Diameter 16 mm
Condition Lead too small for die; oxidated.
Previous Editions

DO Seals 2, no. 9.2. See also Wassiliou-Seibt, Siegel mit metrischen Legenden II, no. 2229.

Obverse

Inscription followed by an unclear ornament. No border visible.

ΜΙΧΑΗ
ΡΟΔΙΟ.
ΣΤΕ
ΛΑΤΡ
Ν

Σὸν Μιχαὴλ Ῥόδιον, ὦ Σῶτερ, λάτριν

Reverse

Inscription followed by an ornament. No border visible.

...
ΞΙΣ
ΗΝΤΝ
ΘΗΝΝ
.ΞΙΣ

τὸν ἐξισωτὴν τῶν θηνῶν ξίσου

Translation

Σὸν Μιχαὴλ Ῥόδιον, ὦ Σῶτερ, λάτριν τὸν ἐξισωτὴν τῶν Ἀθηνῶν ἐξίσου.

Saviour, make high your assessment of your servant Michael Rodios, assessor of Athens.

Commentary

Two correct twelve-syllable verses. They cleverly play on the title exisotes (the official in charge of assessing tribute and ensuring that taxpayers did not hold more land then corresponded to the taxes that they were paying: Dölger, Finanzverwaltung, 79) and the verb ἐξισόω (make equal, bring to the level, assess) which is often used by the Church fathers in a theological context (cf. Lampe, s.v.). A Michael Rodios protoanthypatos and judge of the Hippodrome is attested in August 1084 (Lavra I, no. 4, line 37, cf. p. 291).

Accession number BZS.1947.2.1534
Diameter 16 mm
Condition Lead too small for die; oxidated.
Previous Editions

DO Seals 2, no. 9.2. See also Wassiliou-Seibt, Siegel mit metrischen Legenden II, no. 2229.

Notes

Accession number BZS.1947.2.1534
Diameter 16 mm
Condition Lead too small for die; oxidated.
Previous Editions

DO Seals 2, no. 9.2. See also Wassiliou-Seibt, Siegel mit metrischen Legenden II, no. 2229.

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