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

 
 

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

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

Accession number BZS.1958.106.1274
Diameter 28.0 mm; field: 20.0 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 2, no. 8.52a.

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).