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John monk, son of Iasites (eleventh century)

 
 

Obverse

Busts of St. Peter, left, and St. Paul, right, turned three-quarters to face each other. Traces of epigraphy. Border of dots.

Reverse

Inscription of five lines. Border of dots.

Κ̅Ε̅,Θ,
Τ̣Ω̣Σ̣Λ,
.Ω̣ΑΓΙΟΡΙ
ΤΙΣΤΙΑ
ΣΗΤΙ

Κ(ύρι)ε β(οή)θ(ει) τῷ σ(ῷ) δούλ(ῳ) [Ἰ]ω(άννῃ) ἁγιορίτις τοῦ Ἰασήτι

Obverse

Busts of St. Peter, left, and St. Paul, right, turned three-quarters to face each other. Traces of epigraphy. Border of dots.

Reverse

Inscription of five lines. Border of dots.

Κ̅Ε̅,Θ,
Τ̣Ω̣Σ̣Λ,
.Ω̣ΑΓΙΟΡΙ
ΤΙΣΤΙΑ
ΣΗΤΙ

Κ(ύρι)ε β(οή)θ(ει) τῷ σ(ῷ) δούλ(ῳ) [Ἰ]ω(άννῃ) ἁγιορίτις τοῦ Ἰασήτι

Accession number BZS.1955.1.4961
Diameter 29.0 mm; field: 22.0 mm

Translation

Κύριε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ Ἰωάννῃ ἁγιορίτις τοῦ Ἰασήτι.

Lord, help your servant John monk, (son or man) of Iasites.

Commentary

The reading of the leftmost letters on the second and third lines of the reverse are difficult to read. The second line could include an abbreviated τῷ σῷ, which would require the seal owner’s name to appear at the beginning of line three, perhaps John. The other option is that the second line contains the owner’s name, perhaps Theodoulos. The first option is here tentatively proposed.