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Nicholas cleric and chartoularios of the oikonomos of the Great Church (tenth century)

 
 

Obverse

A patriarchal cross (x at the lower transverse bar) mounted on a base of three steps. Fleurons arise on both sides. Within a border of dots, a circular inscription beginning with a cross at seven o'clock:

κεοηθιτσδουλ,

Κ(ύρι)ε βοήθι τῷ σῷ δούλ(ῳ)

Reverse

Inscription of six lines beginning with a cross. A row of pellets above. Border of dots.


νικο
ελε,θυ̅κ
λρ,χα.τ,τ
οικον,τ
ησ μγε̣κ̣
κλ̣.

Νικο(λάῳ) ἐλέ(ῳ) Θ(εο)ῦ κλ(η)ρ(ικῷ), χα[ρ]τ(ουλαρίῳ) τοῦ οἰκον(όμου) τῆς Μ(ε)γ(άλης) Ἐκκλ[η(σίας)]

Obverse

A patriarchal cross (x at the lower transverse bar) mounted on a base of three steps. Fleurons arise on both sides. Within a border of dots, a circular inscription beginning with a cross at seven o'clock:

κεοηθιτσδουλ,

Κ(ύρι)ε βοήθι τῷ σῷ δούλ(ῳ)

Reverse

Inscription of six lines beginning with a cross. A row of pellets above. Border of dots.


νικο
ελε,θυ̅κ
λρ,χα.τ,τ
οικον,τ
ησ μγε̣κ̣
κλ̣.

Νικο(λάῳ) ἐλέ(ῳ) Θ(εο)ῦ κλ(η)ρ(ικῷ), χα[ρ]τ(ουλαρίῳ) τοῦ οἰκον(όμου) τῆς Μ(ε)γ(άλης) Ἐκκλ[η(σίας)]

Accession number BZS.1958.106.241
Diameter 31.0 mm
Condition Chipped and partially effaced.

Translation

Κύριε βοήθι τῷ σῷ δούλῳ Νικολάῳ ἐλέῳ Θεοῦ κληρικῷ, χαρτουλαρίῳ τοῦ οἰκονόμου τῆς Μεγάλης Ἐκκλησίας.

Lord, help your servant Nicholas, by the mercy of God cleric, chartoularios of the oikonomos of the Great Church.

Commentary

It is possible that the abbreviation in the fourth line of the reverse could be resolved as οἱκον(ομείου) but this does not greatly affect the understanding of the owner's function.