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Pantherios imperial protospatharios and strategos of the Thrakesioi (tenth century)

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.2861
Diameter 26 mm
Condition Half missing.
Previous Editions

DO Seals 3, no. 2.49.

Obverse

Unclear remains of a cross with fleurons. Circle of pellets within a double border of dots. No epigraphy visible.

Reverse

Inscription of five lines. Border of dots.

+π
ηρι.
αθˋS
ιγ,τ
ησ

Π[ανθ]ηρί[ῳ β(ασιλικῷ)? (πρωτο)σπ]αθ(αρίῳ) (καὶ) [στρατ]ιγ(ῷ) τ(ῶν) [Θρᾳκ]ησ[ίων]

Translation

Πανθηρίῳ βασιλικῷ πρωτοσπαθαρίῳ καὶ στρατιγῷ τῶν Θρᾳκησίων.

(Lord or Mother of God help) Pantherios, imperial protospatharios and strategos of the Thrakesioi.

Commentary

The proposed restitution of the reading of this seal is not as uncertain as it may appear. The combination of the letters ησ occurs in the names of three themes, Θρᾳκησίων, Θρᾴκης (excluded since it would require more letters to complete the final line) and Πελοποννήσου (excluded because it requires too many letters at the end of line 3 and is not preceded by the article). The owner could be the same as BZS.1955.1.1601, BZS.1958.106.4164, and BZS.1951.31.5.374.

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.2861
Diameter 26 mm
Condition Half missing.
Previous Editions

DO Seals 3, no. 2.49.

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