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Nicholas Areobindenos, spatharokandidatos and protonotarios of Chaldia (tenth/eleventh century)

Accession number BZS.1958.106.1073
Diameter 25 mm
Condition Blank too small for die.
Previous Editions

DO Seals 4, no. 32.35a.

A similar seal, seemingly from a different boulloterion, is published in Sig., 290, no. 3.

Obverse

Bust of St. Nicholas blessing with his right hand and holding a book in his left hand. Vertical inscription on either side: |ν|ι-κ|ο|λ, : Ὁ ἅ(γιος) Νικόλ(αος). Circular inscription within a border of dots:

+κε........σδλ,

Κ(ύρι)ε [βοήθει τῷ] σῷ δούλ(ῳ)

Reverse

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


+νικολ
σπαθαρο
κ,,Sα̅νο
τ,χαλδˋα
τωαρεο
R,δην,

Νικολ(άῳ) σπαθαροκ(αν)δ(ι)δ(άτῳ) (καὶ) (πρωτο)νοτ(αρίῳ) Χαλδ(ί)α(ς) τῷ Ἀρεοβ(ιν)δην(ῷ)

Translation

Κύριε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ Νικολάῳ σπαθαροκανδιδάτῳ καὶ πρωτονοταρίῳ Χαλδίας τῷ Ἀρεοβινδηνῷ.

Lord, help your servant Nicholas Areobindenos, spatharokandidatos and protonotarios of Chaldia.

Commentary

This seal, BZS.1951.31.5.1426, and BZS.1955.1.2934 all come from the same boulloterion.

Schlumberger read the family name as Aravandinos. Bryer suggested that this may be the correct form of the name, postulating that it is the same as the family names of the Arbantenoi or Arabantinoi (Bryer-Winfield, Pontos, 317 and note 30). But the reading of our seals is secure, and the name Areobindenos, indicating someone originating from the quarter ton Areobindou in Constantinople, is attested on other seals (Laurent, Corpus II, no. 396). See also BZS.1951.31.5.3159.

Accession number BZS.1958.106.1073
Diameter 25 mm
Condition Blank too small for die.
Previous Editions

DO Seals 4, no. 32.35a.

A similar seal, seemingly from a different boulloterion, is published in Sig., 290, no. 3.

Notes

Accession number BZS.1958.106.1073
Diameter 25 mm
Condition Blank too small for die.
Previous Editions

DO Seals 4, no. 32.35a.

A similar seal, seemingly from a different boulloterion, is published in Sig., 290, no. 3.