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Bardas protospatharios epi tou Chrysotriklinou and (basilikos?) of Cyprus (tenth/eleventh century)

Accession number BZS.1947.2.67
Diameter 19 mm
Condition Two holes.
Previous Editions

DO Seals 2, no. 38.3.

Obverse

Bust of the Virgin with her hands open in front of her. Sigla: ..ΘΥ: Μήτηρ Θεοῦ. Border of dots.

Reverse

Inscription of five lines. No visible border.

αρδα
αˊ σπαθ.
.ιτ,χρυσ
..κλιν
κυπρ

Βάρδ βασιλικῷ πρωτοσπαθαρίῳ ἐπὶ τοῦ Χρυσοτρικλίνου καὶ βασιλικῷ (?) Κύπρου

Translation

Βάρδᾳ βασιλικῷ πρωτοσπαθαρίῳ ἐπὶ τοῦ Χρυσοτρικλίνου καὶ βασιλικῷ (?) Κύπρου.

Bardas imperial protospatharios epi tou Chrysotriklinou and basilikos (?) of Cyprus.

Commentary

At the end of line 4, after the abbreviation of καί, there is space for one more letter, which must express the office held by the protospatharios Bardas in Cyprus. The only reasonable possibility to be envisaged would be , βασιλικῷ, a financial official of the provinces who is sometimes related to imperial kouratoreiai (Ahrweiler, Recherches, 72-74; cf. Listes, 356: basilikos in the kouratoreia of Melitene). Another possibility would be to restore Α (πρώτῳ), but this would not make any sense: protos is a title for monks, while our Bardas was a protospatharios.

Accession number BZS.1947.2.67
Diameter 19 mm
Condition Two holes.
Previous Editions

DO Seals 2, no. 38.3.

Notes

Accession number BZS.1947.2.67
Diameter 19 mm
Condition Two holes.
Previous Editions

DO Seals 2, no. 38.3.

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