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Alexios Aristenos, nomophylax (eleventh/twelfth century)

 
 

Obverse

Bust of the Mother of God orans, the medallion of Christ before her. Sigla on either side: ̅θυ̅: Μή(τη)ρ Θ(εο)ῦ. Border of dots.

Reverse

Inscription of five lines. Border of dots.

Θκ̅εθ,
λειοσ̣
νομοΦυ.
ορισ
ν̣ο̣σ̣

Θ(εοτό)κε β(οή)θ(ει) Ἀλέξιος νομοφύ[λα]ξ ὁ Ἀρισ[τη]νός

Obverse

Bust of the Mother of God orans, the medallion of Christ before her. Sigla on either side: ̅θυ̅: Μή(τη)ρ Θ(εο)ῦ. Border of dots.

Reverse

Inscription of five lines. Border of dots.

Θκ̅εθ,
λειοσ̣
νομοΦυ.
ορισ
ν̣ο̣σ̣

Θ(εοτό)κε β(οή)θ(ει) Ἀλέξιος νομοφύ[λα]ξ ὁ Ἀρισ[τη]νός

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.827
Diameter 25.0 mm
Condition Struck off center.
Credit Line Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Bequest of Thomas Whittemore.

Translation

Θεοτόκε βοήθει Ἀλέξιος νομοφύλαξ ὁ Ἀριστηνός.

Mother of God, help Alexios Aristenos, nomophylax.

Commentary

The inscription begins with an invocation but the owner's name follows in the nominative case, not in the dative as would be expected.