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Tarasios, imperial spatharios and epi ton deeseon (ninth century)

Accession number BZS 1947.2.588
Diameter 30 mm
Field diameter 27 mm
Condition Seal is broken along channel, and only half is preserved.
Previous Editions

DO Seals 5, no. 6.5.

Obverse

Cruciform invocative monogram (type VIII?). In the quarters: Σ|Λ : [τῷ] σῷ [δού]λῳ. Border of dots.

Reverse

Inscription of four lines preceded and followed by a row of pellets. Border of dots.


ΤΡ
ΒΣΠ
ΙΕΠ
ΗΣΕ

Ταρ[ασί]ῳ β(ασιλικῷ) σπ[αθαρ]ίῳ (καὶ) ἐπ[ὶ τ(ὼν) δε]ήσε[ων].

Translation

Κύριε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ Ταρασίῳ βασιλικῷ σπαθαρίῳ καὶ ἐπὶ τὼν δεήσεων.

Lord, help your servant Tarasios, imperial spatharios and epi ton deeseon.

Commentary

In the first edition of this seal published in DO Seals 5, the restored reading was "Tarasios, imperial spatharios and epoptes of Seleukeia"; but in light of a proposed reconstruction from W. Seibt  (BZ 100 [2007]: 232), we have changed the reading of the last two lines. This reading "master of petitions" makes more sense from the lettering and the context, since, as admitted in the commentary to the first edition, it would be difficult to explain the presence of an epoptes in the kleisoura of Seleukeia.

Accession number BZS 1947.2.588
Diameter 30 mm
Field diameter 27 mm
Condition Seal is broken along channel, and only half is preserved.
Previous Editions

DO Seals 5, no. 6.5.

Accession number BZS 1947.2.588
Diameter 30 mm
Field diameter 27 mm
Condition Seal is broken along channel, and only half is preserved.
Previous Editions

DO Seals 5, no. 6.5.

Notes

Accession number BZS 1947.2.588
Diameter 30 mm
Field diameter 27 mm
Condition Seal is broken along channel, and only half is preserved.
Previous Editions

DO Seals 5, no. 6.5.

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