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Leo protospatharios and imperial notarios of the Phylax (eleventh century)

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.952
Diameter 20 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 5 no. 27.2a; Laurent, Corpus 2: no. 673.

Obverse

Bust of the Mother of God orans with a medallion of Christ on her chest. At left and right: ̅ΘΥ̅ : Μ(ήτη)ρ Θ(εο)ῦ. Border of dots.

Reverse

Inscription of six lines, the final letter between two bars. Border of dots.

θκε,θ,
λεντ
σπΘΡ,
νοτρ,
τφυλ,
Κ,

Θ(εοτό)κε β(οή)θ(ει) Λέωντα (πρωτο)σπαθάρ(ιον), β(ασιλικὸν) νοτάρ(ιον) τοῦ Φύλ(α)κ(ος)

Translation

Θεοτόκε βοήθει Λέωντα πρωτοσπαθάριον, βασιλικὸν νοτάριον τοῦ Φύλακος.

Mother of God, help Leo protospatharios and imperial notarios of the Phylax.

Commentary

The Phylax was a depository within the confines of the great palace where various imperial treasures were safeguarded (Theophanes Cont., 253.7–8, 255.15–16). It abutted the Chrysotriklinos (see Laurent, Corpus 2:346). As a treasury it was independent of the fisc. Hendy (Monetary Economy, 311) is correct that the eidikon and the Phylax appear to be similar treasuries, but at least in the eleventh century, as our seals testify to, the Phylas had its own personnel, and by extension, a separate identity.

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.952
Diameter 20 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 5 no. 27.2a; Laurent, Corpus 2: no. 673.

Notes

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.952
Diameter 20 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 5 no. 27.2a; Laurent, Corpus 2: no. 673.