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John protospatharios epi tou Chryotriklinou and basilikos of Chaldia (tenth century)

 
 

Obverse

Cruciform invocative monogram composed of Θ in the center, Ο below, R at the top, Η on the left and ΕΙ on the right: βοήθει; a six-rayed star in each quarter. Circular inscription along the circumference. No visible border.

+αναρχ..υρ....εκθυλογαι

Ἅναρχ[ε Κ]ύρ[ιε καὶ] ἐκ Θ(εο)ῦ λόγαι [βοήθει]

Reverse

Inscription of five lines. Linear border.

+.αν
ν΄α΄σπαθ,
.πιτ,χρυσο
τρικ,Rασιλι
κ.αλδιασ

[Ἰ]ωάνν(ῃ) (πρωτο)σπαθ(αρίῳ), [ἐ]πὶ τ(οῦ) Χρυσοτρι(κλίνου) κ(αὶ) βασιλικ(ῷ) [Χ]αλδίας

Obverse

Cruciform invocative monogram composed of Θ in the center, Ο below, R at the top, Η on the left and ΕΙ on the right: βοήθει; a six-rayed star in each quarter. Circular inscription along the circumference. No visible border.

+αναρχ..υρ....εκθυλογαι

Ἅναρχ[ε Κ]ύρ[ιε καὶ] ἐκ Θ(εο)ῦ λόγαι [βοήθει]

Reverse

Inscription of five lines. Linear border.

+.αν
ν΄α΄σπαθ,
.πιτ,χρυσο
τρικ,Rασιλι
κ.αλδιασ

[Ἰ]ωάνν(ῃ) (πρωτο)σπαθ(αρίῳ), [ἐ]πὶ τ(οῦ) Χρυσοτρι(κλίνου) κ(αὶ) βασιλικ(ῷ) [Χ]αλδίας

Accession number BZS.1947.2.59
Diameter 24.0 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 4, no. 32.2.

Listed in Bryer-Winfield, Pontos, 318.

Translation

Ἅναρχε Κύριε καὶ ἐκ Θεοῦ λόγαι βοήθει Ἰωάννῃ πρωτοσπαθαρίῳ, ἐπὶ τοῦ Χρυσοτρικλίνου καὶ βασιλικῷ Χαλδίας.

Infinite Lord and Word of God, help John, protospatharios epi tou Chrysotriklinou and basilikos of Chaldia.

Commentary

We understand ΛΟΓΑΙ in the obverse inscription to be a homophonic rendering of the vocative ΛΟΓΕ.