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

Accession number BZS.1958.106.5602
Diameter 24 mm
Field diameter 20 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 2, no. 8.41.

Obverse

Cruciform invocative monogram (type V); in the quarters: ΤΣ|ΔΛ. Border of dots.

Θεοτόκε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ

Reverse

Inscription of five lines, a row of three pellets above and pellets flanking the last line. Border of dots.


ΡΣ
ΚΙΣΠΘ
ΡΙΚ/ΣΤΡ
ΤΕΛΛ
ΔΟΣ

Βαρσακίῳ βασιλικῷ πρωτοσπαθαρίῳ καὶ στρατηγῷ Ἑλλάδος

Translation

Θεοτόκε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ Βαρσακίῳ βασιλικῷ πρωτοσπαθαρίῳ καὶ στρατηγῷ Ἑλλάδος.

Mother of God, help your servant Barsakios, imperial protospatharios and strategos of Hellas.

Commentary

Line 3 (rev.): the letter Κ has its lower oblique bar twisted at the end, obviously to indicate the abbreviation, which is indicated a second time by the proper mark. This peculiar sign appears on other seals of around the year 900 (cf. DO Seals 2, no. 8.52). We know of a ninth-century Barsakios who was protospatharios and strategos Cephalonia (no DO Seals 2, 1.8) and, perhaps later, patrikios and strategos of Sicily (DOSeals 1.5.9); however, the seals of these officials display the patriarchal cross, not the cruciform monogram of the present specimen. The ninth-century seal of a Barsakios imperial protospatharios and strategos of the Peloponnesos was published by Zacos-Veglery (no. 2569A). Cf. DO Seals 2, no. 22.22.

Accession number BZS.1958.106.5602
Diameter 24 mm
Field diameter 20 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 2, no. 8.41.

Notes

Accession number BZS.1958.106.5602
Diameter 24 mm
Field diameter 20 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 2, no. 8.41.

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