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Katakalon Trachaneiotes (eleventh century, second half)

 
 

Obverse

Inscription of five lines. Border of dots.

κ̣̣τ̣̣
λν̣.
ργισ̣μ̣
νγρ
̣,το,

Κατα[κ]αλὼν [σ]φράγισμ[α τ]ῶν γραφ(ῶν) τόδ(ε)

Reverse

Inscription of four lines. Border of dots.

.ρχ̣
.ιτο
σκεποισ̣
θυ̅λογ,

[Τ]ραχα[ν]ιώτου, ὅ[ν] σκέποις, Θ(εο)ῦ Λόγ(ε)

Obverse

Inscription of five lines. Border of dots.

κ̣̣τ̣̣
λν̣.
ργισ̣μ̣
νγρ
̣,το,

Κατα[κ]αλὼν [σ]φράγισμ[α τ]ῶν γραφ(ῶν) τόδ(ε)

Reverse

Inscription of four lines. Border of dots.

.ρχ̣
.ιτο
σκεποισ̣
θυ̅λογ,

[Τ]ραχα[ν]ιώτου, ὅ[ν] σκέποις, Θ(εο)ῦ Λόγ(ε)

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.1357
Diameter 26.0 mm
Previous Editions

Cf. Wassiliou-Seibt, Siegel mit metrischen Legenden I, no. 1096b (listing parallels and their editions).

Credit Line Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Bequest of Thomas Whittemore.

Translation

Κατακαλὼν σφράγισμα τῶν γραφῶν τόδε Τραχανιώτου, ὅν σκέποις, Θεοῦ Λόγε.

This is the seal of the letters of Katakalon Trachaneiotes; Word of God, may you protect him.

Commentary

Katakalon Trachaneiotes (note the variant Tarchaneiotes on other seals) is well attested in Byzantine sources from 1074 until 1095.