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Nikephoros Botaneiates, kouropalates and doux of the Anatolikoi (eleventh century)

 
 

Obverse

St. Demetrios standing, holding a spear and shield. Remains of an inscription at left: Τ|Ρ|Ι|Ο|Σ: [Ὁ ἅγιος Δημή]τριος. Border of dots.

Reverse

Inscription in seven lines. Border of dots.

..Ε,Θ,
..ΚΗΦΟΡ.
ΚΡΟΠ..
ΔΞΤ..
ΝΤ,ΛΙΚ,..
ΟΤΝ..
...

Κύριε βοήθει Νικηφόρο κουροπαλάτῃ καὶ δοὺξ τῶν Ἀνατολικῶν τῷ Βοτανειάτῃ

Obverse

St. Demetrios standing, holding a spear and shield. Remains of an inscription at left: Τ|Ρ|Ι|Ο|Σ: [Ὁ ἅγιος Δημή]τριος. Border of dots.

Reverse

Inscription in seven lines. Border of dots.

..Ε,Θ,
..ΚΗΦΟΡ.
ΚΡΟΠ..
ΔΞΤ..
ΝΤ,ΛΙΚ,..
ΟΤΝ..
...

Κύριε βοήθει Νικηφόρο κουροπαλάτῃ καὶ δοὺξ τῶν Ἀνατολικῶν τῷ Βοτανειάτῃ

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.1571
Diameter 25.0 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 3, no. 86.18.
Cf. Zacos-Veglery, no. 2690 bis a and b; G. Schlumberger, REG 13 (1900) 470-71; Rostovtsew-Prou, no. 878.

Translation

Κύριε βοήθει Νικηφόρο κουροπαλάτῃ καὶ δοὺξ τῶν Ἀνατολικῶν τῷ Βοτανειάτῃ.

Lord, help Nikephoros Boteneiates, kouropalates and doux of the Anatolikoi.

Commentary

This is the future emperor Nikephoros III (1078-1081). His career has been outlined by Zacos-Veglery, no. 2687. He is first mentioned as kouropalates in 1074 (Attaleiates, 185). This seal would have been struck before October 1077, when he revolted against Michael VII and ascended the throne.