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Michael Eulatinos (?), protospatharios (tenth/eleventh century)

 
 

Obverse

Standing figure of a bishop-saint, seemingly St Nicholas holding the book and offering a blessing. Details indistinct. Faint, illegible traces of epigraphy: Α̣|γι|ο|σΝ̣ : [ὁ] ἅ(γιος) Ν[ικόλ(αος)]. Border of dots.

Reverse

Inscription of five lines beginning with a cross. Border of dots.

κε̅,θ̣,
μιχαη.
α̣σπαθα.
τευλ.
τ̣ι̣ν̣

Κ(ύρι)ε β(οή)θ(ει) Μιχαὴ[λ] (πρωτο)σπαθα[ρ(ίῳ)] τῷ Εὐλ[α]τιν(ῷ)

Obverse

Standing figure of a bishop-saint, seemingly St Nicholas holding the book and offering a blessing. Details indistinct. Faint, illegible traces of epigraphy: Α̣|γι|ο|σΝ̣ : [ὁ] ἅ(γιος) Ν[ικόλ(αος)]. Border of dots.

Reverse

Inscription of five lines beginning with a cross. Border of dots.

κε̅,θ̣,
μιχαη.
α̣σπαθα.
τευλ.
τ̣ι̣ν̣

Κ(ύρι)ε β(οή)θ(ει) Μιχαὴ[λ] (πρωτο)σπαθα[ρ(ίῳ)] τῷ Εὐλ[α]τιν(ῷ)

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.3137
Diameter 18.0 mm
Condition Corroded.
Credit Line Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Bequest of Thomas Whittemore.

Translation

Κύριε βοήθει Μιχαὴλ πρωτοσπαθαρίῳ τῷ Εὐλατινῷ.

Lord, help Michael Eulatinos, protospatharios.

Commentary

The reading of the family name is most uncertain owing to the poor state of preservation. It is possible that the middle letter of the second last line is sigma, in which case the owner's name could be reconstructed as Syllatinos/Syllatenos.