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The hypologoi of Nicaea (eleventh/twelfth century)

Accession number BZS.1955.1.4931
Diameter 25 mm
Field diameter 20 mm
Condition Pinched on the side.
Previous Editions

DO Seals 3, no. 59.2a.

Obverse

Bust of the Virgin orans. Sigla: ̅ΘΥ̅: Μή(τη)ρ Θ(εο)ῦ. Border of dots.

Reverse

Inscription of five lines. Border of dots.

+ΚΕ,Θ,
ΤΟΙΣΥΠΟ
ΛΟΓΙΟΙΣ
ΝΙΚΑΙ

Κ(ύρι)ε β(οή)θ(ει) τοῖς ὑπολογίοις Νικαίας

Translation

Κύριε βοήθει τοῖς ὑπολογίοις Νικαίας

Lord, help the hypologioi of Nicaea.

Commentary

The abbreviation sign after Γ (line 4) cannot be explained and is likely due to an engraver's error. The term ὑπολόγιος (ὑπόλογος) seems to indicate a person held accountable for something which is not specified. This seems to be the meaning of the word as used by Ps.-Symeon Magistros, Bonn, 623, with reference to the inhabitants of a monastery, who are accountable for its belongings. Zacos (Seals II, nos. 258 and 866) published two seals of hypologoi of Abydos (he posits control of trade), and mentions a third seal of the Fogg Collection (BZS.1951.31.5.633). We are more inclined to take them as members of a welfare institution (or of a group of institutions), perhaps a pious association. It is worth noting that there was in Nicaea a nunnery called τῆς Νικαίας (Janin, Grand centres, 118). No explanation is certain.

Accession number BZS.1955.1.4931
Diameter 25 mm
Field diameter 20 mm
Condition Pinched on the side.
Previous Editions

DO Seals 3, no. 59.2a.

Notes

Accession number BZS.1955.1.4931
Diameter 25 mm
Field diameter 20 mm
Condition Pinched on the side.
Previous Editions

DO Seals 3, no. 59.2a.

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