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John Xiphilinos, illoustrios and judge (eleventh century, first half)

 
 

Obverse

Inscription of five lines beginning with a cross. A decoration above. Border of dots.

  
ιλλ̣
στριον
τεκικρι̣
τηνιν̣
νην̣

ἰλλούστριόν τε καὶ κριτὴν Ἰωάννην

Reverse

Inscription of five lines. Border of dots.

τονι
ιλινον
η̣σργισ
υτηγρ
ει

τὸν Ξιφιλῖνον ἡ σφραγὶς αὕτη γράφει

Obverse

Inscription of five lines beginning with a cross. A decoration above. Border of dots.

  
ιλλ̣
στριον
τεκικρι̣
τηνιν̣
νην̣

ἰλλούστριόν τε καὶ κριτὴν Ἰωάννην

Reverse

Inscription of five lines. Border of dots.

τονι
ιλινον
η̣σργισ
υτηγρ
ει

τὸν Ξιφιλῖνον ἡ σφραγὶς αὕτη γράφει

Accession number BZS.1955.1.3879
Diameter 28.0 mm
Previous Editions

Laurent, Corpus II, no. 875; cf. Wassiliou-Seibt, Siegel mit metrischen Legenden I, no. 967.

Translation

ἰλλούστριόν τε καὶ κριτὴν Ἰωάννην τὸν Ξιφιλῖνον ἡ σφραγὶς αὕτη γράφει.

This seal inscribes John Xiphilinos, illoustrios and judge.

Commentary

The owner of this seal was the future Patriarch John Xiphilinos (1064-1075), here encountered at an earlier stage of his career when he served as judge of the Hippodrome and exaktor.