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Leo imperial spatharios and droungarios of the Vigla (eighth century, second half)

 
 

Obverse

Cruciform invocative monogram of Κύριε or Θεοτόκε βοήθει. In the quarters: ...|... : [τῷ σ]ῷ [δού]λῳ. Indeterminate border.

Reverse

Inscription of seven lines. Indeterminate border.

...ον
τ,ασιλικ
.σπαθαρι̣̣
.ργγαρ,τη
σθεοφυα
σιλικησι
.λ̣η̣σ

[Λέ]οντ(ι) βασιλικ(ῷ) [(πρωτο)]σπαθαρίῳ (καὶ) [δ]ρουγγαρ(ίῳ) τῆς θεοφυ(λάκτου) βασιλικῆς βί[γ]λης

Obverse

Cruciform invocative monogram of Κύριε or Θεοτόκε βοήθει. In the quarters: ...|... : [τῷ σ]ῷ [δού]λῳ. Indeterminate border.

Reverse

Inscription of seven lines. Indeterminate border.

...ον
τ,ασιλικ
.σπαθαρι̣̣
.ργγαρ,τη
σθεοφυα
σιλικησι
.λ̣η̣σ

[Λέ]οντ(ι) βασιλικ(ῷ) [(πρωτο)]σπαθαρίῳ (καὶ) [δ]ρουγγαρ(ίῳ) τῆς θεοφυ(λάκτου) βασιλικῆς βί[γ]λης

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.1491
Diameter 37.0 mm
Condition Corroded; hollowed along channel on obverse.
Previous Editions

Zacos–Veglery, no. 2144a.

Credit Line Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Bequest of Thomas Whittemore.

Translation

Κύριε or Θεοτόκε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ Λέοντι βασιλικῷ πρωτοσπαθαρίῳ καὶ δρουγγαρίῳ τῆς θεοφυλάκτου βασιλικῆς βίγλης.

Lord or Mother of God, help your servant Leo, imperial protospatharios and droungarios of the God-guarded imperial Vigla.

Commentary

A parallel is published in Schlumberger, Sigillographie, 341 (dated ninth century).