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Aphrodisios spatharokandidatos epi tou Chrysotriklinou (eleventh century)

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.3729
Diameter 24 mm
Condition Suspension hole in the center.


St. Nicholas standing and holding the book. Vertical inscription: |νι|κ,λ|α|ο : Ὁ ἅγιος Νικόλαος. Linear border.


Inscription of seven lines. Linear border.


Φύλατέ με οἰκέτην λιτρὸν τοῦ Kυρίου Ἀφροδίσιον σπαθαροκανδιδᾶτον ἐπὴ τοῦ Χρυσοτρικλίνου


Φύλατέ με οἰκέτην ἀλιτρὸν τοῦ κυρίου Ἀφροδίσιον σπαθαροκανδιδᾶτον ἐπὴ τοῦ Χρυσοτρικλίνου.

Protect me, the sinful servant of the Lord, Aphrodisios, spatharokandidatos epi tou Chrysotriklinou.


The reading in line two of the reverse makes sense but is somewhat forced, given the shape of the letter preceding the τ in οἰκέτην which does not suggest an epsilon. The restitution of the owner's name is also uncertain. It would also seem that the first part of the inscription is metrical, consisting of two seven-syllable hemistichs, but whether this was intentional or accidental is an open question.