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John hypatos (or spatharios) and protonotarios of the Anatolikoi (ninth century)

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.3134
Diameter 14 mm
Condition Blank too small for die.
Previous Editions

DO Seals 3, no. 86.39.

Obverse

Cruciform invocative monogram (type V). In the quarters: ..ΣΩ|.ΛΩ. Wreath border.

Θεοτόκε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ

Reverse

Inscription of four lines. Wreath border.

..Ν
.Π /
ΟΤΡ.
..Τ

Ἰωάννῃ ὑπάτῳ (?) καὶ πρωτονοταρίῳ τῶν Ἀνατολικῶν

Translation

Θεοτόκε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ Ἰωάννῃ ὑπάτῳ καὶ πρωτονοταρίῳ τῶν Ἀνατολικῶν.

Theotokos, help your servant John, hypatos and protonotarios of the Anatolikoi.

Commentary

We must emphasize that the remains of the two letters at the last line are clearly visible on the seal itself, especially the horizontal dash of the Τ preceded by a pointed top of a letter that could only be an Α. Although the restoration we propose may appear daring, it seems to us quite probable because the name of only one theme of the ninth century has a Τ in the middle: Anatolikon.

We see no difficulty with the restoration of the first name or of the office of protonotarios but we have to stress that his honorific title could as well have been σπαθάριος.

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.3134
Diameter 14 mm
Condition Blank too small for die.
Previous Editions

DO Seals 3, no. 86.39.

Notes

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.3134
Diameter 14 mm
Condition Blank too small for die.
Previous Editions

DO Seals 3, no. 86.39.

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