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Eumathios Philokales, grammatikos and grandfather of a sebastos (twelfth century, second half)

Accession number BZS.1955.1.3962
Diameter 30 mm
Field diameter 26 mm
Previous Editions

Cf. Wassiliou-Seibt, Siegel mit metrischen Legenden II, no. 1912.

Obverse

St Demetrios standing, holding a spear and shield. Inscription on either side: Ο|Α|ΓΙ|Ο|ΣΗ|ΜΗ|ΤΡ|ΙΟΣ: ὁ ἅγιος Δημήτριος. Border of dots.

Reverse

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


ΣΕΑΟΠΑ
ΠΠΤΝΓΡΑ
ΝΕΥΜΑΘΙ
ΓΡΑΜΜΑΤΙΚ
ΣΡΑΓΙ
ΣΜΑΤ
ΙΛΟ̣ΚΑΛΗ

σεβαστοπάππου τῶν γραφῶν Εὐμαθίου γραμματικοῦ σφράγισμα τοῦ Φιλοκάλη

Translation

σεβαστοπάππου τῶν γραφῶν Εὐμαθίου γραμματικοῦ σφράγισμα τοῦ Φιλοκάλη.

Seal of the letters of Eumathios Philokales, grammatikos and grandfather of a sebastos.

Commentary

The owner of this seal appears to be the Eumathios Philokales, first mentioned in 1189-1190 as an akolouthos of the Varangian Guard and later as a key figure in the dealings between Issac II and Friedrich Barbarossa and Henry VI. He is attested as logothetes of the sekreta in 1204. See the remarks in Wassiliou-Seibt's commentary to the entry in her catalogue cited above.

Accession number BZS.1955.1.3962
Diameter 30 mm
Field diameter 26 mm
Previous Editions

Cf. Wassiliou-Seibt, Siegel mit metrischen Legenden II, no. 1912.