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Eudokimos Epitriklines, tourmarches (tenth/eleventh centuries)

Accession Number:
BZS.1951.31.5.1322 (formerly Fogg 1322)

Previous Editions

Parallel: Laurent, Orghidan, no. 345. PBW: Eudokimos 20103 (boulloterion 4779).

Details

Diameter:
24 mm
Field:
20 mm
Weight:
7.70 g

Obverse

Eudokimos Epitriklines, tourmarches (tenth/eleventh centuries)

Bust of St. Nicholas, his right hand raised before him in blessing, and his left holding a book. Vertical inscription at left and right: |Ν|Ι  Κ|Ο|Λ: Ὁ ἅ(γιος) Νικόλ(αος). Border of dots.

Reverse

Eudokimos Epitriklines, tourmarches (tenth/eleventh centuries)

Inscription of four lines, preceded and followed by decoration. Border of dots.

ευδο
κιμ,τρο
μαρχ,οε
πιγ,κλ

Εὐδόκιμ(ος) τρουμάρχ(ης) ὁ Ἐπι(τρι)κλ(ίνης).

Translation

Εὐδόκιμος τρουμάρχης ὁ Ἐπιτρικλίνης.

Eudokimos Epitriklines, tourmarches.

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Commentary

An earlier dating has been adopted here than Laurent suggested. In part, this is due to the absence of a horseshoe ligature, which was ubiquitous from the second quarter of the eleventh century, but not to the exclusion of the more general form. In addition, the epigraphy has a squarish regularity that is prevalent on seals of the decades on either side of the year 1000.

The owner of this seal may be the same as a Eudokimos Epitringlines, merarch (BZS.1951.31.5.1822). They use the same iconography, the offices are very similar if not synonymous, and both have an inscription in the nominative, without an invocation.

 

Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Bequest of Thomas Whittemore

 

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