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John Amiropoulos, patrikios and strategos of Euxeinos Pontos (tenth/eleventh century)

 
 

Obverse

Bust of the Virgin holding medallion of Christ before her. Sigla: ̅ΘΥ̅ : Μή(τη)ρ Θ(εο)ῦ. Tongues of fire on either side. Border of dots.

Reverse

Inscription of seven lines. Border of dots.

+ΙΠΑ
ΤΡΙΚΙ
ΣΤΡ.Τ,Γ,Τ
ΕΥΞΗΝΟΥ

ΠΟΝΤΑ
Μ..ΟΠ.
.ΟΣ

Ἰωάννῃ πατρικίῳ καὶ στρατηγ τοῦ Εὐξήνου Πόντου ὡ Ἀμιρόπουλος

Obverse

Bust of the Virgin holding medallion of Christ before her. Sigla: ̅ΘΥ̅ : Μή(τη)ρ Θ(εο)ῦ. Tongues of fire on either side. Border of dots.

Reverse

Inscription of seven lines. Border of dots.

+ΙΠΑ
ΤΡΙΚΙ
ΣΤΡ.Τ,Γ,Τ
ΕΥΞΗΝΟΥ

ΠΟΝΤΑ
Μ..ΟΠ.
.ΟΣ

Ἰωάννῃ πατρικίῳ καὶ στρατηγ τοῦ Εὐξήνου Πόντου ὡ Ἀμιρόπουλος

Accession number BZS.1947.2.994
Diameter 31.0 mm; field: 24.0 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 3, no. 72.4.

Translation

Ἰωάννῃ πατρικίῳ καὶ στρατηγῷ τοῦ Εὐξήνου Πόντου ὡ Ἀμ[ιρ]όπ[ουλ]ος.

John Amiropoulos, patrikios and strategos of Euxeinos Pontos.

Commentary

The reverse inscription begins with the owner's Christian name in the dative case but records his family name in the nominative.

The owner of this seal could be identical to John Amiropoulos who in 989 was patrician and katepano of Italy: Falkenhausen, Dominazione, 87. On other seals of officials active in Pontos, see the commentary to BZS 1947.2.994.