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

 
 

Obverse

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.

...εθτˊδ,

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

Reverse

Inscription of five lines. Border of dots.

σμο
ηλμον,χ,
Sιγουμ,
της,δ
ρκτˊ

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

Obverse

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.

...εθτˊδ,

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

Reverse

Inscription of five lines. Border of dots.

σμο
ηλμον,χ,
Sιγουμ,
της,δ
ρκτˊ

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

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.564
Diameter 22.0 mm
Previous Editions

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

Translation

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

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

Commentary

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.