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N., imperial spatharios and tourmarches of the Kibyrraiotai (eighth/ninth century)

 
 

Obverse

Cruciform invocative monogram (type VIII); in the quarters: .Σ|ΔΛ. Wreath border.

Κύριε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ

Reverse

Inscription of four lines. Wreath border.


ιβ/σπα
ρμ/τ/
κιβυρ/ 

....ίῳ βασιλικῷ σπαθαρίῳ (καὶ) τουρμάρχῃ τῶν Κιβυρραιωτῶν

Obverse

Cruciform invocative monogram (type VIII); in the quarters: .Σ|ΔΛ. Wreath border.

Κύριε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ

Reverse

Inscription of four lines. Wreath border.


ιβ/σπα
ρμ/τ/
κιβυρ/ 

....ίῳ βασιλικῷ σπαθαρίῳ (καὶ) τουρμάρχῃ τῶν Κιβυρραιωτῶν

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.858
Diameter 28.0 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 2, no. 59.33.
Zacos-Veglery, no. 2523.

Translation

Κύριε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ ....ίῳ βασιλικῷ σπαθαρίῳ καὶ τουρμάρχῃ τῶν Κιβυρραιωτῶν.

Lord, help your servant N., imperial spatharios and tourmarches of the Kibyrraiotai.

Commentary

Zacos-Veglery read the name as Θεόφιλος. The only surviving letter of the name on line 1 is uncertain; it might be a sigma, an epsilon, or a theta. On the contrary, the first letter of line 2, shows a vertical line and is a Ι, or, possibly, the right vertical bar of a Π. So the reading Theophilos must therefore be excluded, but many others remain possible: Σέργιος (rather short), Εὐστάθιος, Εὐστράτιος, or Σταυράκιος (rather long).