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Epiphanios archon of Demetrias (tenth century)

 
 

Obverse

A rosace. Circular inscription between two borders of dots.

ΜΗΡΘΥΦΥΛΑΤ,ΤΟΝΣΟΝΟΙΚ,

Μῆτερ Θεοῦ φύλαττε τὸν σὸν οἰκέτην

Reverse

Inscription of five lines. Border of dots.

ΕΠΙΦ
ΑΝΙΑΡ
ΧΟΝΤΙΔ
ΗΜΗΤΡ
ΙΑΔΟΣ

Ἐπιφανίῳ ἄρχοντι Δημητριάδος

Obverse

A rosace. Circular inscription between two borders of dots.

ΜΗΡΘΥΦΥΛΑΤ,ΤΟΝΣΟΝΟΙΚ,

Μῆτερ Θεοῦ φύλαττε τὸν σὸν οἰκέτην

Reverse

Inscription of five lines. Border of dots.

ΕΠΙΦ
ΑΝΙΑΡ
ΧΟΝΤΙΔ
ΗΜΗΤΡ
ΙΑΔΟΣ

Ἐπιφανίῳ ἄρχοντι Δημητριάδος

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.1504
Diameter 19.0 mm; field: 15.0 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 2, no. 12.1. See also Wassiliou-Seibt, Siegel mit metrischen Legenden I, no. 1437.

Translation

Μῆτερ Θεοῦ φύλαττε τὸν σὸν οἰκέτην Ἐπιφανίῳ ἄρχοντι Δημητριάδος.

Mother of God guard your servant Epiphanios, archon of Demetrias.

Commentary

One correct twelve-syllable verse and one hypermetric; metrics may be behind the lack of coherence between the obv., in accusative, and the rev., in dative.

The presence of an archon at Demetrias may be related to the importance of this city as a port. An archon is also attested in Athens (see DO Seals 2, no. 9.1).

The modern Demetrias, 2 km to the southwest of and opposite Volos. Important port of the Pagasetikos, attested throughout the Middle Ages, repeatedly sacked by the Arabs and the Bulgarians in the 10th-11th centuries. It had its own administration, an archon, and was the seat of a bishop, suffragan of Larissa, first mentioned in the 5th century.

See Koder-Hild, Hellas, 144-45; Laurent, Corpus V/1, 511; Szemioth-Wasilewski, no. 71; Fedalto, 461-63.