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Nikephoros imperial protospatharios and strategos of Chozanon (tenth/eleventh century)

 
 

Obverse

Decorative cross, set within a border of dots and adorned with pellets, mounted on a ball from which fleurons rise to the lower crossbar. Circular inscription within a border of dots:

..εRοηθειτσδ..

[Κ(ύρι)]ε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δ[ούλῳ]

Reverse

Inscription of six lines. Border of dots.

+νικη
..σπαθ
καιστρατ
..του
.ο.ν

Νικηφ(όρῳ) [β(ασιλικῷ) (πρωτο)]σπαθ(αρίῳ) καὶ στρατ[ηγ]ῷ τοῦ [Χ]οζ[ά]νου

Obverse

Decorative cross, set within a border of dots and adorned with pellets, mounted on a ball from which fleurons rise to the lower crossbar. Circular inscription within a border of dots:

..εRοηθειτσδ..

[Κ(ύρι)]ε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δ[ούλῳ]

Reverse

Inscription of six lines. Border of dots.

+νικη
..σπαθ
καιστρατ
..του
.ο.ν

Νικηφ(όρῳ) [β(ασιλικῷ) (πρωτο)]σπαθ(αρίῳ) καὶ στρατ[ηγ]ῷ τοῦ [Χ]οζ[ά]νου

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.869
Diameter 24.0 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 4, no. 60.1.

Translation

Κύριε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ Νικηφόρῳ βασιλικῷ πρωτοσπαθαρίῳ καὶ στρατηγῷ τοῦ Χοζάνου.

Lord, help your servant Nikephoros, imperial protospatharios and strategos of Chozanon.

Commentary

Chozanon, situated between Kamacha and the Arsanias river, is attested as an Armenian theme by 956 in Arabic sources. Cf. Listes, 359; Mikra Asia them., 347-348 (A. Savvides).