You are here:Home/Resources/ Byzantine Seals/ Search the Catalogue/ Olbianos imperial spatharios and strategos of Macedonia (ninth century)

Olbianos imperial spatharios and strategos of Macedonia (ninth century)

Accession number BZS.1958.106.1411
Diameter 29 mm
Condition Struck off-center.
Previous Editions

DO Seals 1, no. 43.31.

Obverse

Cruciform invocative monogram (type V); in the quarters: ΤΣ.|ΔΛ. Wreath border.

Θεοτόκε βοήθει τῷ σ δούλῳ

Reverse

Inscription of four lines. Wreath border.

..ΛΒΙ
.ΒΣΠΘ
.ΣΤΡΜ
ΚΕΔΟΝ

λβιανῷ βασιλικῷ σπαθαρίῳ (καὶ) στρατηγῷ Μακεδονίας

Translation

Θεοτόκε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ Ὀλβιανῷ βασιλικῷ σπαθαρίῳ καὶ στρατηγῷ Μακεδονίας.

Theotokos, help your servant Olbianos imperial spatharios and strategos of Macedonia.

Commentary

Because the name Olbianos is rare and this seal belongs to the early ninth century, one is tempted to propose that its owner later became the famous strategos of the Armeniakon Olbianos, who consistently supported Michael II against the rebel Thomas the Slav: Treadgold, Revival, 227-30, 236, 240, 425.

Accession number BZS.1958.106.1411
Diameter 29 mm
Condition Struck off-center.
Previous Editions

DO Seals 1, no. 43.31.

Notes

Accession number BZS.1958.106.1411
Diameter 29 mm
Condition Struck off-center.
Previous Editions

DO Seals 1, no. 43.31.

Parallels

Related Content