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Pantheres imperial protospatharios and strategos of the Thrakesioi (tenth century)

Accession number BZS.1958.106.4164
Diameter 21 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 3, no. 2.48b.

Obverse

Patriarchal cross on three steps with fleurons arising from base (up to the lower traverse bar). Circular inscription along a border of dots:

..Rοηθ,τσδ..

Κ(ύρι)ε βοήθ(ει) τῷ σῷ δούλ(ῳ)

Reverse

Inscription of six lines. Border of dots.

+πν
υρηR
πθρ,S
τρτηγ,
νθρ
κισ

Πανθύρῃ β(ασιλικῷ) (πρωτο)σπαθαρ(ίῳ) (καὶ) στρατηγ(ῷ) τον Θρᾳκισ(ίων).

Translation

Κύριε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ Πανθύρῃ βασιλικῷ πρωτοσπαθαρίῳ καὶ στρατηγῷ τον Θρᾳκισίων.

Lord, help your servant Pantheres, imperial protospatharios and strategos of the Thrakesioi.

Commentary

This seal, BZS.1955.1.1601, and BZS.1951.31.5.374 appear to have come from the same boulloterion, which may have been retooled; otherwise, they may come from boulloteria meant to be exact copies of each other.

The owner's name is Πανθήριος, misspelt here in an unexpected way. It is not impossible that he is identical to the owner of BZS.1951.31.5.2861, a roughly contemporary seal with the same name, titles, and iconography but the work of a more sophisticated engraver.

Accession number BZS.1958.106.4164
Diameter 21 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 3, no. 2.48b.

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