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Barsakios imperial protospatharios and strategos of Sicily (ninth/tenth century)

Accession number BZS.1958.106.2120
Diameter 26 mm
Field diameter 20 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 1, no. 5.9b.

Obverse

Patriarchal cross on three steps. Circular inscription between two borders of dots.

ΚΕΟΗΘΗΤΟΣΟΔΟΥΛ

Κύριε βοήθει το σο δούλῳ

Reverse

Inscription of five lines. Double border of dots.

ΑΡΣ
ΚΙΣΠ
ΘΡ,ΣΤ
ΡΑΤΙΓ,ΣΗ
ΚΕΛΙ

Βασρσακίῳ βασιλικῷ πρωτοσπαθαρίῳ καὶ στρατηγ Σικελίας

Translation

Κύριε βοήθει το σο δούλῳ Βασρσακίῳ βασιλικῷ πρωτοσπαθαρίῳ καὶ στρατηγῷ Σικελήας.

Lord, help your servant Barsakios imperial protospatharios and strategos of Sicily.

Commentary

The parallels to the seal come from the same boulloterion, except BZS.1958.106.1802. The owner of this seal may be the Barsakios who fought at Taormina in 880/1 and may have become strategos of Longobardia in 894. See Falkenhausen, Dominazione, 100, no. 62.

Accession number BZS.1958.106.2120
Diameter 26 mm
Field diameter 20 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 1, no. 5.9b.

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