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Eustratios protos of the diakonia of the property of Peter (eighth century)

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.1203 (formerly Fogg 1203)
Diameter 21 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 5 no. 33.1; Zacos–Veglery, no. 1135; Laurent, Corpus 5.2: no. 1217.

Obverse

Bust of the Mother of God holding Christ before her; at left and right, small crosses. Beginning at 12 o'clock, a circular inscription between a double border of dots.

θεοτοκεβοηθητοσοδ,

Θεοτόκε βοήθει το σο δούλῳ

Reverse

Inscription of six lines, the final letter between two leaves. No border visible.

ευστρα
τηα/
τισιακο
νιαστον

πετρο
υ 

Εὐστρατήῳ πρώτῳ τῖς διακονίας τον Πέτρου

Translation

Θεοτόκε βοήθει το σο δούλῳ Εὐστρατήῳ πρώτῳ τῖς διακονίας τον Πέτρου.

Theotokos, help your servant Eustratios protos of the diakonia of the property of Peter.

Commentary

Patria, 249, mentions that the quarter τὰ Πέτρου derived its name from the οἶκος Πέτρου, the estate of a patrikios in the reign of Justinian, whereon arose a church and gerokomeion. It is possible that the diaconate remembered on this seal was a lay service organization devoted to the care of the elderly. Its location is unknown.

Seibt (in his review of Laurent's Corpus 5 in BSl 35 [1974]: 74–77) has suggested that Eustratios might be a deuteros or cleric, but we may be reasonably sure, based on comparison with the design of the alpha in line 3, that the letter at the end of line 2 is the letter A.

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.1203 (formerly Fogg 1203)
Diameter 21 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 5 no. 33.1; Zacos–Veglery, no. 1135; Laurent, Corpus 5.2: no. 1217.

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.1203 (formerly Fogg 1203)
Diameter 21 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 5 no. 33.1; Zacos–Veglery, no. 1135; Laurent, Corpus 5.2: no. 1217.

Notes

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.1203 (formerly Fogg 1203)
Diameter 21 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 5 no. 33.1; Zacos–Veglery, no. 1135; Laurent, Corpus 5.2: no. 1217.

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