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Michael Taronites, brother-in-law of the emperor (eleventh century)

Accession number BZS.1958.106.5634
Diameter 19 mm
Condition Chipped and broken along the lower half.
Previous Editions

Zacos-Veglery, no. 2710; Oikonomides, Dated Seals, no. 101. Cf. Wassiliou-Seibt, Siegel mit metrischen Legenden I, no.453.

Obverse

Inscription of six lines. Thick linear border.

γρα
φασσφρα
γιμι
χαηλτα
.νιτ
.υ

γραφὰς σφραγίζω Μιχαὴλ Ταρωνίτου

Reverse

Inscription of five lines. A border of pellets between concentric linear borders.

γαμ
ρμε
γιστδεσ
.οτα
λεΞι.

γαμβροῦ μεγίστου δεσπότου Ἀλεξίου

Translation

γραφὰς σφραγίζω Μιχαὴλ Ταρωνίτου γαμβροῦ μεγίστου δεσπότου Ἀλεξίου.

I seal the letters of Michael Taronites, brother-in-law of the supreme sovereign Alexios.

Commentary

This seal must date between the accession of Alexios I Komnenos in 1081 and Michael Taronites' arrest and exile for conspiracy in 1094. He is known to have married the emperor's eldest sister Maria about the year 1061.

Accession number BZS.1958.106.5634
Diameter 19 mm
Condition Chipped and broken along the lower half.
Previous Editions

Zacos-Veglery, no. 2710; Oikonomides, Dated Seals, no. 101. Cf. Wassiliou-Seibt, Siegel mit metrischen Legenden I, no.453.

Accession number BZS.1958.106.5634
Diameter 19 mm
Condition Chipped and broken along the lower half.
Previous Editions

Zacos-Veglery, no. 2710; Oikonomides, Dated Seals, no. 101. Cf. Wassiliou-Seibt, Siegel mit metrischen Legenden I, no.453.

Notes

Accession number BZS.1958.106.5634
Diameter 19 mm
Condition Chipped and broken along the lower half.
Previous Editions

Zacos-Veglery, no. 2710; Oikonomides, Dated Seals, no. 101. Cf. Wassiliou-Seibt, Siegel mit metrischen Legenden I, no.453.

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