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Nicholas Rhadenos, imperial protospatharios and judge of Lykandos (eleventh century)

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.539
Diameter 25 mm
Condition Struck off center.
Previous Editions

DO Seals 4, no. 53.3b.

Obverse

Bust of the Virgin holding the Christ child on her left arm. Sigla: ̅-θ̅υ : Μή(τη)ρ Θ(εο)ῦ. Border of tight dots.

Reverse

Inscription of five lines, decorations above and below. Border of tight dots.


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λο̅⸣ σπ
θρ,Sκριτ,
τολεικν
δορδιν

Νικόλαο(ς) β(ασιλικὸς) (πρωτο)σπαθάρ(ιος) (καὶ) κριτ(ὴς) το Λεικανδ(οῦ) ὁ Ραδιν(ός)

Translation

Νικόλαος βασιλικὸς πρωτοσπαθάριος καὶ κριτὴς τοῦ Λεικανδοῦ ὁ ῾Ραδινός.

Nicholas Rhadenos, imperial protospatharios and judge of Lykandos.

Commentary

This seal and BZS.1947.2.655 come from the same boulloterion.

Lykandos or Likandos or Likandon (formerly Lapara), mentioned as a feminine name but sometimes also as a masculine, was situated in the region east of Caesarea; it was first a kleisoura created by the Armenian Melias. From 916 until the 11th c. it was the seat first of a strategos (whose authority extended also over neighboring Tzamandos, cf. De Adm. Imp. ch. 50, l. 157 and Canard, Hamdanides, 780 [954, mention of a “patrice de Lykandos et de Tzamandos"]) and later of a katepano. The seal of a katepano τῶν Λυκανδνῶν (Zacos, Seals II, no. 437) shows that this official was at the head of a military contingent. The theme is attested until the reign of Romanos IV Diogenes (Attaleiates, 105).  It had a normal administration including protonotarioi (two seals in Sig., 282, 283, another one in Pancenko, Katalog, no. 471 and Sandrovskaja, Sfragistika, no. 818). See Hild-Restle, Kappadokien, 224-226; Oikonomides, Listes, 350; G. Dédéyan, Mleh le Grand, Revue des Etudes Arméniennes 15 (1981) 73-102; Mikra Asia them., 307-313, 475-478 (T. Lounghis).


Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.539
Diameter 25 mm
Condition Struck off center.
Previous Editions

DO Seals 4, no. 53.3b.

Notes

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.539
Diameter 25 mm
Condition Struck off center.
Previous Editions

DO Seals 4, no. 53.3b.