You are here:Home/Resources/ Byzantine Seals/ Search the Catalogue/ Nicholas deacon of the Great Church, and "man" of John, metropolitan of Melitene (eleventh century)

Nicholas deacon of the Great Church, and "man" of John, metropolitan of Melitene (eleventh century)

 
 

Obverse

Inscription of five lines, a cross above. Border of dots.

ΚΕ̅,θ,
νικολα
διακο
νσ
με

Κ(ύρι)ε β(οή)θ(ει) Νικολάῳ διακόνῳ τῆς Με

Reverse

Inscription of five lines preceded and followed by decoration. Border of dots.


γαλεκ
.λισιασ
.τμε
.ινι
ανν


γάλ(ης) Ἐκ[κ]λισίας [τ]ῷ τοῦ Με[λ]ιτην(ῆς) Ἰωάννου

Obverse

Inscription of five lines, a cross above. Border of dots.

ΚΕ̅,θ,
νικολα
διακο
νσ
με

Κ(ύρι)ε β(οή)θ(ει) Νικολάῳ διακόνῳ τῆς Με

Reverse

Inscription of five lines preceded and followed by decoration. Border of dots.


γαλεκ
.λισιασ
.τμε
.ινι
ανν


γάλ(ης) Ἐκ[κ]λισίας [τ]ῷ τοῦ Με[λ]ιτην(ῆς) Ἰωάννου

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.629
Diameter 28.0 mm; field: 13.0 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 5 no. 42.11; Laurent, Corpus 5.2: no. 1126.

Translation

Κύριε βοήθει Νικολάῳ διακόνῳ τῆς Μεγάλης Ἐκκλισίας τῷ τοῦ Μελιτηνῆς Ἰωάννου.

Lord, help Nicholas, deacon of the Great Church, and "man" of John, metropolitan of Melitene.

Commentary

Lines 4 and 5 (rev.): Laurent reads: Με[λ]ιτηνϊωάννου.

This deacon served in the patriarchate of Constantinople but declares himself to be the "man of" a specific metropolitan of Melitene, the famous John (see BZS.1958.106.291, BZS.1958.106.336, and BZS.1958.106.7). The present specimen helps us to understand better the meaning of the expression ὁ τοῦ when employed with the names of certain ecclesiastics, especially after the twelfth century. Cf. Seibt, BSl 35 (1974): 81, who agrees with Laurent's date.