You are here:Home/Resources/ Byzantine Seals/ Search the Catalogue/ N. deacon . . . epi tou theo. . . (?) (tenth/eleventh century)

N. deacon . . . epi tou theo. . . (?) (tenth/eleventh century)

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.3655
Diameter 28 mm


Bust of St. Panteleimon, nimbate, holding a short cross in his r. hand, and holding l. hand in blessing. Inscription to l. and r.: |Π|ΑΝ|Τ|Ε: Ὁ ἅγιος Παντελείμων. Circular inscription within an indeterminate border.


Κύριε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλ


Inscription in five lines. Border of dots.


. . .διακονίο τοῦ ἅγιου καὶ ἐπ τοῦ θεοφύλακτου . . .


Κύριε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ . . .διακονίο τοῦ ἅγιου καὶ ἐπὶ τοῦ θεοφύλακτου . . .

Lord, help N., deacon of the holy and for the god-protected. . .


The reverse inscription is extremely uncertain; the seal owner's name may be John, as the letters ΙΩ seem to be effaced as the beginning of the inscription after the cross, but this would be difficult to resolve with the apparent next few letters, εχ..ακος. The last few lines are also unclear; it seems to read in the third and fourth lines ΝΙΟΤ,ΑΡΙΞΕ|ΠΤΘΕΟ; however this would be very difficult to read. Thus, ἅγίου καὶ seems a more likely reading of the third line. Perhaps this individual is an epi tou (theophylaktou) koitonou. The one thing that seems to be certain within this inscription is that this individual is a deacon.