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Pothos imperial protospatharios and strategos of Hellas (ninth/tenth century)

Accession number BZS.1958.106.1274
Diameter 28 mm
Field diameter 20 mm
Condition Breaks at both ends of channel.
Previous Editions

DO Seals 2, no. 8.52a.

Obverse

Patriarchal cross on three steps. Circular inscription along the circumference between a double border of dots.

ΚΕΟΗΘΗΤΣ..Λ

Κύριε βοήθη τῷ σῷ δούλῳ

Reverse

Inscription of four lines. Border of dots.

ΠΟΘ
ΑΣΠΘ
ΚˊΣΤΡΑΤ
ΕΛΛΑΔˊ

Πόθῳ βασιλικῷ πρωτοσπαθαρίῳ καὶ στρατηγῷ Ἑλλάδος

Translation

Κύριε βοήθη τῷ σῷ δούλῳ Πόθῳ βασιλικῷ πρωτοσπαθαρίῳ καὶ στρατηγῷ Ἑλλάδος.

Lord, help your servant Pothos, imperial protospatharios and strategos of Hellas.

Commentary

Line 2 (rev.): no abbreviation sign after Π. Line 3 (rev.): the letter Κ has its lower oblique bar twisted at the end, obviously to indicate the existence of an abbreviation (cf. no. 8.41 above). A strategos of Hellas named Pothos is mentioned (ca. 946) in the Life of St. Luke (ed. D. Sophianos [Athens, 1989], 199, cf. 51-52).

Accession number BZS.1958.106.1274
Diameter 28 mm
Field diameter 20 mm
Condition Breaks at both ends of channel.
Previous Editions

DO Seals 2, no. 8.52a.

Notes

Accession number BZS.1958.106.1274
Diameter 28 mm
Field diameter 20 mm
Condition Breaks at both ends of channel.
Previous Editions

DO Seals 2, no. 8.52a.