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Stephen cleric of St. Stephen's (twelfth century)

 
 

Obverse

Standing image of St Stephen; details indistinct. On either side, inscriptions in columns: |ΟΑ|ΓΙ|ΟΣ..|Α.|Τ.|.: ὁ ἅγιος [(Πρωτο)μ]ά[ρ]τ[υς]. Border of dots.

Reverse

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

ΣΚΕΠΟΙΣ
ΕΑΝΟΝ
ΣΟΝΘΥΤ
ΕΑΝΙ
Τ̣̣

σκέποις Στέφανον σὸν θύτην Στεφανίτην

Obverse

Standing image of St Stephen; details indistinct. On either side, inscriptions in columns: |ΟΑ|ΓΙ|ΟΣ..|Α.|Τ.|.: ὁ ἅγιος [(Πρωτο)μ]ά[ρ]τ[υς]. Border of dots.

Reverse

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

ΣΚΕΠΟΙΣ
ΕΑΝΟΝ
ΣΟΝΘΥΤ
ΕΑΝΙ
Τ̣̣

σκέποις Στέφανον σὸν θύτην Στεφανίτην

Accession number BZS.1955.1.5049
Diameter 24.0 mm
Previous Editions

Cf. Wassiliou-Seibt, Siegel mit metrischen Legenden II, no. 2200.

Translation

σκέποις Στέφανον σὸν θύτην Στεφανίτην.

May you protect Stephen, cleric of St Stephen's.

Commentary

In her commentary Wassiliou-Seibt proposes that the final word of the inscription Στεφανίτης refers to a monastery dedicated to St Stephen (of which there were several in Constantinople and environs alone). The owner of the seal styles himself as θύτης, which we translate with the equally generic word "cleric."