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[Anast/Tara]sios (?) hypatos and gerokomos on the property of Eugenios (ninth century)

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.2405
Diameter 25 mm
Condition One-third missing at the top.
Previous Editions

DO Seals 5 no. 35.1.


Cruciform monogram (indeterminate type); in the quarters, remains of inscription: ΔΛ: [τῷ σῷ] δούλῳ. No visible border.


Inscription of four lines, top line missing. Indeterminate border.


[Ἀναστα or Ταρα]σίῳ ὑπ(άτῳ) (καὶ) γηροκ(όμῳ) [τ(ῶν)] Εὐγε[ν(ίου)]


Κύριε or Θεοτόκε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ Ἀναστασίῳ/Ταρασίῳ ὑπάτῳ καὶ γηροκόμῳ τῶν Εὐγενίου.

Lord or Mother of God, help your servant Anastasios/Tarasios hypatos and gerokomos of the property of Eugenios.


Schlumberger (Sig., 154, no. 1) has published a similar seal (now in Vienna, MK 97) of the ninth century, The obverse bears a cruciform invocative monogram and the reverse an inscription of four lines, which the editor read: Κυριτζίῳ ὑπάτῳ καὶ γηροκόμῳ τῶν Εὐγενίου. On our seal the letters CIW are clearly visible on the second line.

The quarter known as τὰ Εὐγενίου was located on the Golden Horn. The head of the gerokomeion τῶν Εὐγενίου customarily delivered a eulogy to the emperor on the occasion of his visit to the Blachernae and his ritual bath in the Blachernae's waters. See Janin, Églises, 554, and idem, CPbyz, 349.