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N. priest and protosynkellos (eleventh/twelfth century)

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.2407
Diameter 18 mm
Previous Editions

Laurent, Corpus V/1, no. 223.

Obverse

Bust of the Virgin holding the child in her r. arm. Inscription partially visible: ΡΘ: Μήτηρ Θεο. Border of dots.

Reverse

Inscription in four lines with cross above. Indeterminate border.


πρτο
συγκελλ
.ευιτου
...ει..

Πρωτοσυγκέλλου λευίτου ......

Translation

Πρωτοσυγκέλλου λευίτου ......

(Seal of) N., the protosynkellos and Levite.

Commentary

In the four line, Laurent claims to see the letters ΕΙ and thus proposes reading the name Βασιλείου (Basil); however, this is very tentative, especially as those two letters cannot be confirmed. However, Laurent is right to assume that because this name completes the dodecasyllabic verse, it must be four syllables long with a stress accent on the penult (like Basil), but there are too many other options (Nikephoros, Theodore, Timotheos, etc.) for Basil to be assumed.

Note the use of the archaizing term "Levite" to indicate that this individual was a priest, likely inscribed here to fit the meter in the same way that θύτου (thytes) often is.

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.2407
Diameter 18 mm
Previous Editions

Laurent, Corpus V/1, no. 223.

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.2407
Diameter 18 mm
Previous Editions

Laurent, Corpus V/1, no. 223.

Notes

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.2407
Diameter 18 mm
Previous Editions

Laurent, Corpus V/1, no. 223.

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