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Michael magistros and oikonomos of the Nea Ekklesia (eleventh century)

Accession number BZS.1958.106.4511
Diameter 28 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 5 no. 48.5.

Obverse

Inscription of five lines preceded by decoration. No visible border.

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[Κ(ύρι)]ε βοή[θ]ει τ σ δούλ Μιχα[ὴ]λ

Reverse

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


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στρ
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.ησν.
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μα[γί]στρῳ κ[αὶ] οἰκονό[μ(ῳ) τ]ῆς Ν[έ]ας

Translation

Κύριε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ Μιχαὴλ μαγίστρῳ καὶ οἰκονόμῳ τῆς Νέας.

Lord, help your servant Michael magistros and oikonomos of the Nea.

Commentary

The Nea Ekklesia was a sanctuary built in the Great Palace in 880 by Basil I and consecrated to the Mother of God, St. Elias, St. Michael, and St. Nicholas. The ceremony commemorating its inauguration was marked by a procession departing from the church of the Theotokos of the Pharos and leading to the Nea, where a liturgy was celebrated followed by a banquet in the Chrysotriklinos (Listes, 214; ODB 2:1146). By the twelfth century the church had become a monastery. From the fact that chartoularioi and oikonomoi were attached to the church we may infer that the church enjoyed revenues from extensive estates.