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Symeon (?) imperial protospatharios and strategos of Cephalonia and Longobardia (tenth century)

 
 

Obverse

Bust of St. Theodore, holding a round shield. Remnants of vertical inscription: Ο|Δ|.Σ. [Ὁ ἅγιος Θε]όδ(ωρος). Along the the upper circumference, circular inscription visible. Border of dots.

ΤΣΔ,

[Κύριε βοήθει] τῷ σῷ δ(ούλῳ)

Reverse

Inscription in six lines. Indeterminate border.

με.
Ασπ.
.κστρατ.
.κεφαλ.
.ιασSλ.
.ου

[Συ]με[ὼν] β(ασιλικῷ) (πρωτο)σπ[αθ(αρίῳ)] κ(αὶ) στρατ[ηγ(ῷ)] Κεφαλ[ην]ίας (καὶ) Λ[αγ]ουβ[αρδίας]

Obverse

Bust of St. Theodore, holding a round shield. Remnants of vertical inscription: Ο|Δ|.Σ. [Ὁ ἅγιος Θε]όδ(ωρος). Along the the upper circumference, circular inscription visible. Border of dots.

ΤΣΔ,

[Κύριε βοήθει] τῷ σῷ δ(ούλῳ)

Reverse

Inscription in six lines. Indeterminate border.

με.
Ασπ.
.κστρατ.
.κεφαλ.
.ιασSλ.
.ου

[Συ]με[ὼν] β(ασιλικῷ) (πρωτο)σπ[αθ(αρίῳ)] κ(αὶ) στρατ[ηγ(ῷ)] Κεφαλ[ην]ίας (καὶ) Λ[αγ]ουβ[αρδίας]

Accession number BZS.1947.2.56
Diameter 24.0 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 1, no. 3.3.

Translation

Κύριε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ Συμεὼν βασιλικῷ πρωτοσπαθαρίῳ καὶ στρατηγῷ Κεφαληνίας καὶ Λαγουβαρδίας.

Lord, help your servant Symeon imperial protospatharios and strategos of Cephalonia and Longobardia.

Commentary

The reconstruction of the seal owner's first name is conjectural. The combination of the command of Longobardia with that of Cephalonia, on the other side of the Ionian sea, is frequent, cf. BZS.1951.31.5.2277 and Falkenhausen, Dominazione, 24-25.