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John Spanopoulos, anthypatos, patrikios, vestes, notarios (?), judge (of the Velum and) of the Hippodrome and of Mesopotamia and anagrapheus (eleventh century)

 
 

Obverse

Inscription of six lines, a decoration above. Border of dots.

–  –
+κεR,ηθ,
τσδλ
ι̅ανθυπˊτ
π̅ρ̅ι̅Rεσ,τν
ταρικρ
...η
–.–

Κ(ύρι)ε β(ο)ήθ(ει) τῷ σῷ δούλῳ Ἰω(άννῃ) ἀνθυπ(ά)τ(ῳ), π(ατ)ρι(κίῳ), βέστ(ῃ), ν[ο]ταρίῳ (?), κρ[(ι)τ(ῇ) τ(οῦ) β]ή[λ(ου)]

Reverse

Inscription of six lines, a decoration above. Border of dots.

–  –
.επιτ
.οδρομ,
.ησμεσοπο
.αμ,Sαν,γρα
.τσπαν
λ

[(καὶ)] ἐπὶ τοῦ [Ἱ]πποδρόμ(ου) [τ]ῆς Μεσοπο[τ]αμ(ίας) (καὶ) ἀν(α)γρα[φ(εῖ)] τῷ Σπαν[ο]πούλ(ῳ)

Obverse

Inscription of six lines, a decoration above. Border of dots.

–  –
+κεR,ηθ,
τσδλ
ι̅ανθυπˊτ
π̅ρ̅ι̅Rεσ,τν
ταρικρ
...η
–.–

Κ(ύρι)ε β(ο)ήθ(ει) τῷ σῷ δούλῳ Ἰω(άννῃ) ἀνθυπ(ά)τ(ῳ), π(ατ)ρι(κίῳ), βέστ(ῃ), ν[ο]ταρίῳ (?), κρ[(ι)τ(ῇ) τ(οῦ) β]ή[λ(ου)]

Reverse

Inscription of six lines, a decoration above. Border of dots.

–  –
.επιτ
.οδρομ,
.ησμεσοπο
.αμ,Sαν,γρα
.τσπαν
λ

[(καὶ)] ἐπὶ τοῦ [Ἱ]πποδρόμ(ου) [τ]ῆς Μεσοπο[τ]αμ(ίας) (καὶ) ἀν(α)γρα[φ(εῖ)] τῷ Σπαν[ο]πούλ(ῳ)

Accession number BZS.1955.1.3327
Diameter 29.0 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 4, no. 55.3.

Translation

Κύριε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ Ἰωάννῃ ἀνθυπάτῳ, πατρικίῳ, βέστῃ, νοταρίῳ, κριτῇ τοῦ βήλου καὶ ἐπὶ τοῦ Ἱπποδρόμου τῆς Μεσοποταμίας καὶ ἀναγραφεῖ τῷ Σπανοπούλῳ.

Lord, help your servant John Spanoupoulos, anthypatos, patrikios, vestes, notarios, judge of the Velum and of the Hippodrome and of Mesopotamia, and anagrapheus.

Commentary

The restoration of lines 6 and 7 of the obverse is uncertain.

A seal of the same John Spanopoulos, struck when he was hypatos, patrikios, judge of the Hippodrome and Mesopotamia and anagrapheus, was published by Pancenko, Katalog, no. 216, cf. Seibt, Bleisiegel, 284, n. 5. It cannot be said with any certainty whether John Spanopoulos stayed in the same position for some time (and received the promotion to vestes and anthypatos — and acquired the office of notarios if our reading of the obverse is correct) or if he exercised two separate mandates in Mesopotamia, combining the duties of judge and of anagrapheus.