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Anna Komnene, daughter of a kaisarissa and of a despotes kaisar (twelfth century)

Accession Number:
BZS.1958.106.516

Previous Editions

Cf. Wassiliou-Seibt, Siegel mit metrischen Legenden I, no. 120; Zacos-Veglery, no. 2722.

Details

Diameter:
29 mm
Condition:
Punctured in the middle resulting in the loss of some letters.

Obverse

Anna Komnene, daughter of a kaisarissa and of a despotes kaisar (twelfth century)

Inscription of five lines, preceded by decoration. Indeterminate border.


ΑΝΝΗΣ
ΚΟ..Ν
ΗΣ
ΘΥ...Ρ..
ΚΑΙΣ...
ΣΗΣ

Ἄννης Κομνηνῆς θυγατρὸς καισαρίσσης

Reverse

Anna Komnene, daughter of a kaisarissa and of a despotes kaisar (twelfth century)

Inscription of five lines. Indeterminate border.

ΚΑΙ
Ε.ΠΟΤ.
ΚΑ...ΡΟ.
ΕΥΤΧΕ
ΑΤ.

καὶ δεσπότου καίσαρος εὐτυχεστάτου

Translation

Ἄννης Κομνηνῆς θυγατρὸς καισαρίσσης καὶ δεσπότου καίσαρος εὐτυχεστάτου.

The seal of Anna Komnene, daughter of a kaisarissa and of a most blessèd despotes caesar.

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Commentary

Previous editors have identified this Anna as the daughter of John Dalassenos Rogerios, who married Maria, daughter of the emperor John II Komnenos (1118-1143). The titles kaisar and despotes (granted a son-in-law of the emperor) indicating Anna's parentage in the inscription therefore highlight her connection to the imperial family.

 

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