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Nicholas Zonaras, droungarios of the ever-honored Vigla (twelfth century, first half)

 
 

Obverse

The Mother of God seated on a backless throne, holding the medallion of Christ before her. Inscription on either side: ̅ΘΥ̅: Μή(τη)ρ Θ(εο)ῦ. Border of dots.

Reverse

Inscription of seven lines. Border of dots.

ΠΡΑΕΙΣ
ΣΡΑΓΙ
ΝΑΡΑΝΙ
ΚΟΛΑΤ,
ΓΓΑΡΙΤΗΣ
ΑΕΙΤΙΜΙ
ΓΛΑΣ

πράξεις σφραγίζω Ζωναρᾶ Νικολάου τοῦ δρ(ου)γγαρίου τῆς ἀειτίμου βίγλας

Obverse

The Mother of God seated on a backless throne, holding the medallion of Christ before her. Inscription on either side: ̅ΘΥ̅: Μή(τη)ρ Θ(εο)ῦ. Border of dots.

Reverse

Inscription of seven lines. Border of dots.

ΠΡΑΕΙΣ
ΣΡΑΓΙ
ΝΑΡΑΝΙ
ΚΟΛΑΤ,
ΓΓΑΡΙΤΗΣ
ΑΕΙΤΙΜΙ
ΓΛΑΣ

πράξεις σφραγίζω Ζωναρᾶ Νικολάου τοῦ δρ(ου)γγαρίου τῆς ἀειτίμου βίγλας

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.459
Diameter 22.0 mm
Previous Editions

Cf. Wassiliou-Seibt, Siegel mit metrischen Legenden II, no. 1817 (with parallels from other publications).

Credit Line Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Bequest of Thomas Whittemore.

Translation

πράξεις σφραγίζω Ζωναρᾶ Νικολάου τοῦ δρουγγαρίου τῆς ἀειτίμου βίγλας.

I seal the acts of Nicholas Zonaras, droungarios of the ever-honored Vigla.

Commentary

Note the use of the very rare epithet ἀειτίμος, so infrequent in fact that previous editors read the more common πολυτίμος. At least three persons named Nicholas Zonaras are known from the late eleventh to the mid-twelfth century; they all held high offices, like the most famous member of the family, the chronicler John Zonaras. See Wassiliou-Seibt's commentary.