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John Lachanas (twelfth century, second half)

 
 

Obverse

Inscription of five lines beginning with a cross. Border of dots.

εισκυ
ροσεργν
κισργι
γρ
τ̣̣ν̣

εἰς κῦρος ἔργων καὶ σφραγῖδα γραμμάτων

Reverse

Inscription of five lines. Border of dots.

γρμ
μττυ̣
π̣οιλχ̣̣
ν̣σι
σ

γράμματα τυποῖ Λαχανᾶς Ἰωάννης

Obverse

Inscription of five lines beginning with a cross. Border of dots.

εισκυ
ροσεργν
κισργι
γρ
τ̣̣ν̣

εἰς κῦρος ἔργων καὶ σφραγῖδα γραμμάτων

Reverse

Inscription of five lines. Border of dots.

γρμ
μττυ̣
π̣οιλχ̣̣
ν̣σι
σ

γράμματα τυποῖ Λαχανᾶς Ἰωάννης

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.1490
Diameter 28.0 mm; field: 26.0 mm
Previous Editions

Laurent, Bulles métriques, no. 122; cf. Wassiliou-Seibt, Siegel mit metrischen Legenden I, no. 704.

Translation

εἰς κῦρος ἔργων καὶ σφραγῖδα γραμμάτων γράμματα τυποῖ Λαχανᾶς Ἰωάννης.

John Lachanas inscribes these lines to confirm his deeds and seal his letters.

Commentary

The inscription, consisting of a twelve-syllable verse on each side, is shrewdly designed to make the word γράμμα (meaning both the contents of a letter and an inscription) the hinge between the two verses.