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(The xenon of) St. Sampson (eighth century)

Accession number BZS.1947.2.29
Diameter 29 mm
Field diameter 19 mm
Condition Two halves joined together in modern times. Double struck on the obverse.
Previous Editions

DO Seals 5 no. 37.2e.

Obverse

Cross potent; in each quarter, a six-rayed star. Wreath border.

Reverse

Inscription of four lines. Wreath border.

του
οσιου
σαμ
Ν

Τοῦ ὁσίου Σαμψών

Translation

Τοῦ ὁσίου Σαμψών.

(Seal of the xenon of) St. Sampson.

Commentary

The hospital of St. Sampson was located between St. Eirene's church and Hagia Sophia. T. Miller has argued that Sampson, a physician, was active in the fourth century and it was at this time that he established a modest hospital for the relief of the poor. According to hagiographical sources, he lived in the sixth century. He cured Justinian I of a bladder infection and in gratitude the emperor endowed a splendid hospital in his name. From a reference in the Miracles of St. Artemios (p. 127) it is known that the hospital had physicians who specialized in eye care, as well as surgery. See ODB 3: 1837; and Miller, "Sampson Hospital," 101–116.

Accession number BZS.1947.2.29
Diameter 29 mm
Field diameter 19 mm
Condition Two halves joined together in modern times. Double struck on the obverse.
Previous Editions

DO Seals 5 no. 37.2e.

Notes

Accession number BZS.1947.2.29
Diameter 29 mm
Field diameter 19 mm
Condition Two halves joined together in modern times. Double struck on the obverse.
Previous Editions

DO Seals 5 no. 37.2e.