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N., patrikios, imperial protospatharios and strategos of Hellas (eighth century)

 
 

Obverse

Cruciform invocative monogram (of indeterminate type); visible in the lower quarters: ΔΛ. Wreath border.

Κύριε/Θεοτόκε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ

Reverse

Inscription in four lines (there is definitely one line above off the blank, perhaps two) . Wreath border.

/.
ΣΤΡ...
ΔΣ

....ῳ πατρικίῳ, βασιλικῷ πρωτοσπαθαρίῳ καὶ στρατηγῷ Ἑλλάδως.

Obverse

Cruciform invocative monogram (of indeterminate type); visible in the lower quarters: ΔΛ. Wreath border.

Κύριε/Θεοτόκε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ

Reverse

Inscription in four lines (there is definitely one line above off the blank, perhaps two) . Wreath border.

/.
ΣΤΡ...
ΔΣ

....ῳ πατρικίῳ, βασιλικῷ πρωτοσπαθαρίῳ καὶ στρατηγῷ Ἑλλάδως.

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.2463
Diameter 22.0 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 2, no. 8.55b.

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

Translation

Κύριε or Θεοτόκε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ ....ῳ πατρικίῳ, βασιλικῷ πρωτοσπαθαρίῳ καὶ στρατηγῷ Ἑλλάδως.

Lord or Mother of God, help your servant N. patrikios, imperial protospatharios and strategos of Hellas.

Commentary

The reading of this seal is based on the somewhat better preserved counterpart from the same boulloterion: BZS 1951.31.5.1161.