You are here:Home/Resources/ Byzantine Seals/ Search the Catalogue/ John pragmateutes (eleventh/twelfth century)

John pragmateutes (eleventh/twelfth century)

 
 

Obverse

A cross on steps with fleurons rising on both sides. Within concentric borders of dots, a circular inscription beginning at seven o'clock:

Κεοηθητσο..

Κ(ύρι)ε βοήθη τῷ σῷ δο[ύλ(ῳ)]

Reverse

Inscription of four lines, a decoration above. Border of dots.


ιαν
νηπραγ
ματευτ
ηαΝ

Ἰωάννῃ πραγματευτῇ, ἀμήν

Obverse

A cross on steps with fleurons rising on both sides. Within concentric borders of dots, a circular inscription beginning at seven o'clock:

Κεοηθητσο..

Κ(ύρι)ε βοήθη τῷ σῷ δο[ύλ(ῳ)]

Reverse

Inscription of four lines, a decoration above. Border of dots.


ιαν
νηπραγ
ματευτ
ηαΝ

Ἰωάννῃ πραγματευτῇ, ἀμήν

Accession number BZS.1958.106.778
Diameter 22.0 mm; field: 16.0 mm
Condition Corroded.

Translation

Κύριε βοήθη τῷ σῷ δούλῳ Ἰωάννῃ πραγματευτῇ. ἀμήν

Lord, help your servant John, merchant. Amen

Commentary

On the term pragmateutes, a merchant or "businessman," see W. Seibt, "Some seals of Byzantine professional men," ΑΝΤΙΧΑΡΙΣΜΑΤΟΣ ΕΠΙΣΦΡΑΓΙΣΙΣ: A tribute to Prof. Ivan Jordanov on his 70th anniversary," Shumen 2019, 435-38.