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Michael (imperial) protospatharios and katepano of Pephlagonia (tenth century)

 
 

Obverse

St. Michael standing frontally, holding a scepter in his right hand. Remains of a circular inscription at left. Border of dots.

κεRοηθ,

Κ(ύρι)ε βοήθ(ει) [τῷ σῷ δόυλῳ]

Reverse

Inscription of five lines. Border of dots.

ηχ
΄σπ
Sκτ
πεφ
γον,

[Μ]ηχα[ὴλ β(ασιλικῷ)] (πρωτο)σπα[θαρ(ίῳ)] (καὶ) κατ[επάν]ω Πεφ[λα]γον(ίας)

Obverse

St. Michael standing frontally, holding a scepter in his right hand. Remains of a circular inscription at left. Border of dots.

κεRοηθ,

Κ(ύρι)ε βοήθ(ει) [τῷ σῷ δόυλῳ]

Reverse

Inscription of five lines. Border of dots.

ηχ
΄σπ
Sκτ
πεφ
γον,

[Μ]ηχα[ὴλ β(ασιλικῷ)] (πρωτο)σπα[θαρ(ίῳ)] (καὶ) κατ[επάν]ω Πεφ[λα]γον(ίας)

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.1104
Diameter 24.0 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 4, no. 11.16.

Translation

Κύριε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δόυλῳ Μηχαὴλ βασιλικῷ πρωτοσπαθαρίῳ καὶ κατϖεπάνω Πεφλαγονίας.

Lord, help your servant Michael, protospatharios and katepano of Pephlagonia.

Commentary

The katepano of Paphlagonia was a naval commander, probably based at Amastris, attested from the ninth to the twelfth century. See the note in Zacos, Seals II, no. 1060. At some stage he seems to have taken command of the ships of the Boukellarion, cf. Zacos, Seals II, no. 348.