You are here:Home/Resources/ Byzantine Seals/ Search the Catalogue/ Marinos Maniakopolos, protokouropalates (twelfth century)

Marinos Maniakopolos, protokouropalates (twelfth century)

 
 

Obverse

Bust of St. George holding a spear in his right hand. Other details unclear. Epigraphy visible on the left: |γε|ο : Ὁ ἅ(γιος) Γεό[ργιος]. Along the circumference, an inscription beginning at twelve o'clock. Border of dots.

Ο̣Σ̣Μ̣̣Ν̣Ι̣̣κοπλοσεπΝ̣Υ̣Μ̣Ι̣̣

ὃς Μανιακόπωλος ἐπωνυμίᾳ

Reverse

Inscription of six lines ending in a decoration. Decoration below. Border of dots.

...Ν̣λογ.
ρσ.ιπρ
...στμριν̣
λητκυροι.
..τοκουρο
Π̣λτου
 

[νοῦ]ν, λόγ[ους, γ]ραφὰς [κ]αὶ πρ[άξει]ς τοῦ Μαρίνου, [ἀθ]λητά, κυροῖ[ς πρ]ωτοκουροπαλάτου

Obverse

Bust of St. George holding a spear in his right hand. Other details unclear. Epigraphy visible on the left: |γε|ο : Ὁ ἅ(γιος) Γεό[ργιος]. Along the circumference, an inscription beginning at twelve o'clock. Border of dots.

Ο̣Σ̣Μ̣̣Ν̣Ι̣̣κοπλοσεπΝ̣Υ̣Μ̣Ι̣̣

ὃς Μανιακόπωλος ἐπωνυμίᾳ

Reverse

Inscription of six lines ending in a decoration. Decoration below. Border of dots.

...Ν̣λογ.
ρσ.ιπρ
...στμριν̣
λητκυροι.
..τοκουρο
Π̣λτου
 

[νοῦ]ν, λόγ[ους, γ]ραφὰς [κ]αὶ πρ[άξει]ς τοῦ Μαρίνου, [ἀθ]λητά, κυροῖ[ς πρ]ωτοκουροπαλάτου

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.778
Diameter 30.0 mm
Previous Editions

Cf. Wassiliou-Seibt, Siegel mit metrischen Legenden II, no. 1539.

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

Translation

Νοῦν, λόγους, γραφὰς καὶ πράξεις τοῦ Μαρίνου, ἀθλητά, κυροῖς πρωτοκουροπαλάτου ὃς Μανιακόπωλος ἐπωνυμίᾳ.

Champion, may you validate the spirit, documents, letters, and acts of the protokouropalates Marinos who goes by the surname Maniakopolos.

Commentary

The otherwise unattested name Maniakopolos (here Μανιακόπωλος) seems to be a variant of the better known Maniakes ("son of Maniakes").

Note that the circular inscription on the obverse completes the metrical verse which begins on the reverse.