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On Thursday, April 23, 2009, at 8:51 am, christopher crockett wrote:

> From: Bonnie Blackburn <[log in to unmask]>
> 
> >>> Another thought: has the initial S been cut and pasted from somewhere
> else?
> 
> >>does it look like it, in this detail:
>  
> > http://www.neumann-walter.de/NW/November2007/27.11.07/35.jpg
>  
> >> ?
>  
> >>not that i can see.
> 
>  
> > No, it doesn't look pasted. But indeed that appears to be an E underneath,
> and since our deacon 
> 
> is *that* what he is?
> 
> what makes you think so?

The combination of tonsure and a dalmatic.  

> 
> i raised the issue of his tonsure before --was "Sancti Stephani prothomartyr"
> tonsured?
> 
> was he a deacon?
> 

He's traditionally thought to have been.  Whether he really was seems beside the point.  We're dealing with "common knowledge" here.

Best,
John Dillon

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