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John Batatzes, kouropalates (twelfth century)

 
 

Obverse

Inscription of four lines beginning with a cross. Border of dots.

ΣΦΡΑ
ΓΙΣΠΕ
ΦΥΚ
Ι̅ 

σφραγὶς πέφυκα Ἰω(άννου)

Reverse

Inscription of four lines, preceded by decoration. Border of dots.

  
ΚΟΡΟ
ΠΛΤΙ
ΤΟΤ,
.

κοροπαλάτι το Βατ(ά)τζ[ῃ]

Obverse

Inscription of four lines beginning with a cross. Border of dots.

ΣΦΡΑ
ΓΙΣΠΕ
ΦΥΚ
Ι̅ 

σφραγὶς πέφυκα Ἰω(άννου)

Reverse

Inscription of four lines, preceded by decoration. Border of dots.

  
ΚΟΡΟ
ΠΛΤΙ
ΤΟΤ,
.

κοροπαλάτι το Βατ(ά)τζ[ῃ]

Accession number BZS.1955.1.4226
Diameter 17.0 mm
Previous Editions

Jordanov, Corpus 2:86.

Translation

σφραγὶς πέφυκα Ἰωάννου κοροπαλάτι το Βατάτζῃ.

I am the seal of John Batatzes, kouropalates.

Commentary

The inscription seems to combine the beginning of a metrical verse on the obverse (with the owner's Christian name in the genitive) with the object of an invocation (the family name and title in the dative) on the reverse.