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Theophilos imperial protospatharios and epi ton oikeiakon (tenth century)

 
 

Obverse

Bust of St Symeon offering a blessing (?). Details obscured by a crack in the channel. Inscription on either side: Ο|Α|ΓΙ|Ο|ΣΣ|Υ|ΜΕ|Ο|Ν: ὁ ἅγιος Συμεόν. Between concentric borders of dots, a circular inscription beginning with a cross at seven o'clock and ending with a star:

ΚΕΟΗΘΗΤ̣̣ΣΟΥΛ

Κ(ύρι)ε βοήθη τῷ σῷ δούλῳ

Reverse

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

ΚΕ̅,Τ
ΣΟΥ
ΛΘ̣ΕΦΙ
ΛΑΣΠ
ΘΡΗ
ΕΠΙΤΝ
.ΚΙ

Κ(ύρι)ε β(οήθει) τῷ σῷ δούλῳ Θεωφίλῳ β(ασιλικῷ) (πρωτο)σπαθαρήῳ (καὶ) ἐπὶ τῶν [οἰ]κια(κῶν)

Obverse

Bust of St Symeon offering a blessing (?). Details obscured by a crack in the channel. Inscription on either side: Ο|Α|ΓΙ|Ο|ΣΣ|Υ|ΜΕ|Ο|Ν: ὁ ἅγιος Συμεόν. Between concentric borders of dots, a circular inscription beginning with a cross at seven o'clock and ending with a star:

ΚΕΟΗΘΗΤ̣̣ΣΟΥΛ

Κ(ύρι)ε βοήθη τῷ σῷ δούλῳ

Reverse

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

ΚΕ̅,Τ
ΣΟΥ
ΛΘ̣ΕΦΙ
ΛΑΣΠ
ΘΡΗ
ΕΠΙΤΝ
.ΚΙ

Κ(ύρι)ε β(οήθει) τῷ σῷ δούλῳ Θεωφίλῳ β(ασιλικῷ) (πρωτο)σπαθαρήῳ (καὶ) ἐπὶ τῶν [οἰ]κια(κῶν)

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.671
Diameter 24.0 mm
Credit Line Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Bequest of Thomas Whittemore.

Translation

Κύριε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ. Κύριε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ Θεωφίλῳ βασιλικῷ πρωτοσπαθαρήῳ καὶ ἐπὶ τῶν οἰκιακῶν.

Lord, help your servant. Lord, help your servant Theophilos, imperial protospatharios and epi ton oikeiakon.