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Michael bishop of Raidestos (twelfth century)

 
 

Obverse

Three figures: in center, the Virgin holding Christ. Left, a saint of uncertain identity (St. Akempsimas?) with arm outstretched. Right, St. Eudokimos accompanied by remains of his vertical inscription: ΚΙ|Μ: Ὁ ἅγιος Εὐδόκιμος. Border of dots.

Reverse

Inscription of five lines. Border of dots.

ΠΑ
ΝΑΓΝΕ
ΡΑΙΔΕΣΤ
ΜΕΜΙΧΑΗΛ
ΣΚΕΠΟΙΣ

Πάναγνε Ῥαιδεστοῦ με Μιχαὴλ σκέποις

Obverse

Three figures: in center, the Virgin holding Christ. Left, a saint of uncertain identity (St. Akempsimas?) with arm outstretched. Right, St. Eudokimos accompanied by remains of his vertical inscription: ΚΙ|Μ: Ὁ ἅγιος Εὐδόκιμος. Border of dots.

Reverse

Inscription of five lines. Border of dots.

ΠΑ
ΝΑΓΝΕ
ΡΑΙΔΕΣΤ
ΜΕΜΙΧΑΗΛ
ΣΚΕΠΟΙΣ

Πάναγνε Ῥαιδεστοῦ με Μιχαὴλ σκέποις

Accession number BZS.1958.106.29
Diameter 32.0 mm; field: 23.0 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 1, no. 59.7b. Laurent, Corpus V/1, no. 310 (faulty reading, corrected in Corpus V/2, 455 and V/3, no. 1700bis). See also Wassiliou-Seibt, Siegel mit metrischen Legenden II, no. 1755.

Translation

Πάναγνε Ῥαιδεστοῦ με Μιχαὴλ σκέποις.

All-holy One, may you protect me, Michael of Raidestos.

Commentary

The inscription is a twelve-syllable verse. Cf. Asdracha, Thrace orientale, 293. See the commentary to the better preserved parallel, BZS 1955.1.4994.

Bibliography

  • Catalogue of the Byzantine Seals at Dumbarton Oaks and at the Fogg Museum of Art, Vol. 1: Italy, North of the Balkans, North of the Black Sea (Open in Zotero)
  • Synaxarium Ecclesiae Constantinopolitanae, Propylaeum ad AASS Novembris (Open in Zotero)
  • La géographie ecclésiastique de l’empire byzantin, vol. 2, Les églises et les monastères des grands centres byzantins (Open in Zotero)
  • Le Corpus des sceaux de l’empire byzantin (Open in Zotero)
  • History of the Byzantine State (Open in Zotero)
  • La Thrace Orientale et La Mer Noire: Géographie Ecclésiastique et Prosopographie (VIIIe-XIIe Siècles) (Open in Zotero)
  • Notitiae Episcopatuum Ecclesiae Constantinopolitanae (Open in Zotero)
  • Corpus der byzantinischen Siegel mit metrischen Legenden, Vol. 2, Siegellegenden von Ny bis inklusive Sphragis (Open in Zotero)