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Joseph monk of the Pantokrator monastery (twelfth century)

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DO Seals 5 no. 54.1a; Laurent, Corpus 5.3: no. 1907. For a parallel specimen, see Zacos, Seals II, no. 537. The edition of the present specimen has been combined with its better preserved parallel noted below.


22 mm
Metallic copy.


Joseph monk of the Pantokrator monastery (twelfth century)

Christ standing on a dais raising his right hand before him in blessing, and holding a book in his left. Sigla: Ι̅ΧΣ̅ : Ἰ(ησοῦ)ς Χ(ριστό)ς. Traces of circular inscription: οπαντκρατρ : Ὁ Παντ(ο)κράτωρ. Border of dots.


Joseph monk of the Pantokrator monastery (twelfth century)

Inscription of four lines preceded by a cross and ending with a pellet. Border of dots.


Σκέποις (μον)αχ(ὸν) Ἰωσήφ, Παντοκράτωρ


Σκέποις μοναχὸν Ἰωσήφ, Παντοκράτωρ.

Pantokrator, watch over the monk Joseph.



Twelve-syllable verse.

Emperor John II Komnenos (1118–1143) founded the monastery of the Pantokrator on a site east of the church of the Holy Apostles. The complex consisted of a male monastery, a hospital, a gerokomeion, and three churches: one dedicated to the Pantokrator, a second to St. Michael, and a third to the Theotokos Ἐλεοῦσα. According to John II's typikon of 1136, the monastery was home to some 80 monks, and was endowed with properties in Thrace, Macedonia, and the Peloponnesos. See ODB 4:1575, and Janin, Églises, 515–23; for the typikon, see Gautier, "Pantokrator," 1–145, and Byzantine Monastic Foundation Documents, 2:725–781.


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