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Samuel monk and hegoumenos of the Andraktoi (tenth/eleventh century)

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.564
Diameter 22 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 5 no. 67.1; Laurent, Corpus 5.2: no. 1214 (with misreading).


Bust of the Mother of God holding a medallion of Christ before her. Sigla at right: ΘΥ̅ : [Μ(ήτη)ρ] Θ(εο)ῦ. Circular inscription beginning at 9 o'clock. Border of dots.


[Θ(εοτό)κ]ε β(οή)θ(ει) τῷ σ(ῷ) δ(ούλῳ)


Inscription of five lines. Border of dots.


Σαμοὺλ μον(α)χ(ῷ) (καὶ) ἱγουμ(ένῳ) τῆς Ἀ(ν)δράκτ(ου)


Θεοτόκε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ Σαμοὺλ μοναχῷ καὶ ἱγουμένῳ τῆς Ἀνδράκτου.

Mother of God, help your servant Samuel monk and hegoumenos of the Andraktoi.


Lines 4–5 (reverse): Laurent read: τῆς (μονῆς) Ἀ<τ>ράκτ(ων). There is space at the end of line 3 to read ἱγουμ(έ)[ν(ῳ)].

The monastery is attested by seals as well as among the signatories at the Second Council of Nicaea (787). See Janin, Grands centres, 434, no. 53.