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Nikephoros Iasites, spatharios and taxiarches (mid eleventh century)

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.1388
Diameter 1 mm

Obverse

Bust of Mother of God, holding child Christ in her right hand. At right: ΘΥ: [Μ(ήτη)ρ] Θ(εο)ῦ. Border of dots.

Reverse

Inscription of five lines. Border of dots.

Θεοτόκεr,οήθ,ει
Νικηόρῳσπα
θαρ,ίῳsται
αρχ,τι
ασιτ

Θεοτόκε βοήθει Νικηφόρῳ σπαθαρίῳ καὶ ταξιάρχ τῷ Ἰασίτ

Translation

Θεοτόκε βοήθει Νικηφόρῳ σπαθαρίῳ καὶ ταξιάρχῃ τῷ Ἰασίτῃ.

Mother of God, help Nikephoros Iasites, spatharios and taxiarches.

Commentary

The seal of Nikephoros Iasites, protospatharios and strategos of Cherson (eleventh century, first half) is published in Schlumberger and Birch. The seal of a Nike(tas/phoros) Iasites, protospatharios and strategos (eleventh century, first third) depicting a bust of St. Demetrios, is in the Preslav Museum of Archaeology (no. 21656; Jordanov, Corpus 2: no. 241). Contemporary to Nikephoros is Michael Iasites, who served in a number of high military posts along the eastern frontier in the 1030s and 1040s; see PBW Michael 111 for a list of seals and bibliography. In the third quarter of the eleventh century, Leo Iasites held a number of high provincial military posts, including strategos of Boukellarion and doux of Armeniakon; see Seibt, Bleisiegel, no. 40.

The surname Iasites is Armenian (Ասիտ).

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.1388
Diameter 1 mm

Notes

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.1388
Diameter 1 mm

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