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Romanos Chozazes (?) (eleventh century)

 
 

Obverse

Bust of the Mother of God orans, the medallion of Christ before her. Epigraphy on either side: Μρ̅θυ̅: Μ(ήτη)ρ Θ(εο)ῦ. Border of dots.

Reverse

Inscription of six lines. Border of dots.

.ον
χ̣οζαζη
.μ̣ε̣ρομα
νονσκε
ποισκο
ρ̣η

[τ]ὸν Χοζάζη[ν] με Ῥομανὸν σκέποις, κόρη

Obverse

Bust of the Mother of God orans, the medallion of Christ before her. Epigraphy on either side: Μρ̅θυ̅: Μ(ήτη)ρ Θ(εο)ῦ. Border of dots.

Reverse

Inscription of six lines. Border of dots.

.ον
χ̣οζαζη
.μ̣ε̣ρομα
νονσκε
ποισκο
ρ̣η

[τ]ὸν Χοζάζη[ν] με Ῥομανὸν σκέποις, κόρη

Accession number BZS.1958.106.53
Diameter 26.0 mm; field: 22.0 mm
Condition Partially corroded.

Translation

τὸν Χοζάζην με Ῥομανὸν σκέποις, κόρη.

Virgin, may you protect me, Romanos Chozazes.

Commentary

The reading of the second line and the first half of the third on the reverse cannot be restored with certainty. We have tentatively offered a family name, Chozazes, which at least has the virtue of fitting into the metrical verse.