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......ros imperial spatharios and domestikos of the Optimatoi (ninth century)

 
 

Obverse

Cruciform invocative monogram (of indeterminate type). Visible in the lower quarters: .Λ. No visible border.

Κύριε or Θεοτόκε βοήθει [τῷ σῷ δού]λῳ

Reverse

Inscription. No visible border.

....
..ΡΒ
.Α/ΔΟΜ
ΣΤ/Τ/ΟΠ
.....

[.....]ρῳ β(ασιλικῷ) [σπ]α(θαρίῳ) (καὶ) δομ[ε]στ(ίκῳ) τ(ῶν) Ὀπ[τιμάτ(ων)]

Obverse

Cruciform invocative monogram (of indeterminate type). Visible in the lower quarters: .Λ. No visible border.

Κύριε or Θεοτόκε βοήθει [τῷ σῷ δού]λῳ

Reverse

Inscription. No visible border.

....
..ΡΒ
.Α/ΔΟΜ
ΣΤ/Τ/ΟΠ
.....

[.....]ρῳ β(ασιλικῷ) [σπ]α(θαρίῳ) (καὶ) δομ[ε]στ(ίκῳ) τ(ῶν) Ὀπ[τιμάτ(ων)]

Accession number BZS.1955.1.1210
Diameter 26.0 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 3, no. 71.16.
Zacos-Veglery, no. 2457.

Translation

Κύριε or Θεοτόκε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ .....ρῳ βασιλικῷ σπαθαρίῳ καὶ δομεστίκῳ τῶν Ὀπτιμάτων.

Lord or Mother of God, help your servant .....ros, imperial spatharios and domestikos of the Optimatoi.

Commentary

The penultimate letter in the name is very close to an Ρ, and for this reason we reject the suggestion of Zacos-Veglery that the name could be Θεοδοσίῳ. It quite likely is Theodoros.

Bibliography

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