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Alexios protospatharios and strategos of the Armeniakoi (eighth century)

Accession number BZS.1947.2.44
Diameter 25 mm
Condition Broken at the top and corroded; weakly struck, off center.
Previous Editions

DO Seals 4, no. 22.41.

Laurent, Corpus II, no. 665; cf. J. Nesbitt, in Speculum 58 (1983) 771-72.


Cruciform invocative monogram (indeterminate type); in the quarters: .-σ.|δ-λ. Wreath border.


Inscription of six lines, top line missing. Wreath border.


[Ἀλε]ξίῳ [(πρωτο)]σπαθα[ρ(ίῳ)] (καὶ) στρατιγῷ τῶν Ἀρμ(ενιακῶν)


Κύριε or Θεοτόκε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ Ἀλεξίῳ πρωτοσπαθαρίῳ καὶ στρατιγῷ τῶν Ἀρμενιακῶν.

Lord or Mother of God, help your servant Alexios, protospatharios and strategos of the Armeniakoi.


The double mu in the last line of the rev. has been interpreted as the plural form of an abbreviation for "Armeniakoi" (cf. νν for νομίσματα). This eliminates the reading τῶν ἀρμαμέντων proposed by Laurent, which represented a surprising hapax in Byzantine administrative history. Moreover, there is no space for R (β[ασιλικῶν]) at the end of line 5, as Laurent surmised.

The owner could be identical to Alexios Mousele, strategos of the Armeniakoi in 791-2: see Theophanes, 466-468; Zonaras III, 292-3; Speck, Konstantin VI., 226-8; Mikra Asia them., 376.