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Anna nun and hegoumene of the monastery of the Emperors (eleventh century)

Accession number BZS.1958.106.187
Diameter 25 mm
Field diameter 20 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 5 no. 41.1; Laurent, Corpus 5.2: no. 1147.

Obverse

Bust of the Mother of God (details indistinct). Sigla: Μ̅Ρ̅.. : Μ(ήτη)ρ [Θ(εο)ῦ]. Border of dots.

Reverse

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


αννα
.Χ̅Sηγ
.ενˊμον
.ονδεσ
πο.

Ἄννα [(μον)α]χ(ὴ) (καὶ) ἡγου[μ]έν(η) μον(ῆς) [τ]ον Δεσπο[τ(ῶν)]

Translation

Ἄννα μοναχὴ καὶ ἡγουμένη μονῆς τον Δεσποτῶν.

Anna nun and hegoumene of the monastery of the Emperors.

Commentary

We know from Skylitzes (27.58) that a monastery of this name was the place where the widow of Leo the Armenian was imprisoned at the order of Michael II (820/21: μονὴ τῶν Δεσποτῶν). This monastery may well be the same.

Laurent incorrectly believed that a circular inscription is to be found along the border. He rightly observes that alternatively the final line of the inscription could be restored as μονῆς τῶν Δεσπο[ιν(ῶν)]. Either phraseology in his opinion should refer to an establishment founded by Maria of Amnia, wife of Constantine VI, and the site of her confinement in 795.

Accession number BZS.1958.106.187
Diameter 25 mm
Field diameter 20 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 5 no. 41.1; Laurent, Corpus 5.2: no. 1147.

Notes

Accession number BZS.1958.106.187
Diameter 25 mm
Field diameter 20 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 5 no. 41.1; Laurent, Corpus 5.2: no. 1147.

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