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Manuel or Michael (?) imperial protospatharios and strategos of the Thrakesioi (eighth century)

 
 

Obverse

Cruciform invocative monogram (of indeterminate type); in the four quarters: .-σ|δ-λ. Wreath border.

Reverse

Inscription of five lines. Wreath border:

.λβ//σ
θ/κ/στρ
../γτν
Θρκισ/

.....λ β(ασιλικῷ) (πρωτο)σ[π]αθ(αρίῳ) κ(αὶ) στρα[τ](η)γῷ τῶν Θρᾳκισ(ίων)

Obverse

Cruciform invocative monogram (of indeterminate type); in the four quarters: .-σ|δ-λ. Wreath border.

Reverse

Inscription of five lines. Wreath border:

.λβ//σ
θ/κ/στρ
../γτν
Θρκισ/

.....λ β(ασιλικῷ) (πρωτο)σ[π]αθ(αρίῳ) κ(αὶ) στρα[τ](η)γῷ τῶν Θρᾳκισ(ίων)

Accession number BZS.1955.1.1315
Diameter 25.0 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 3, no. 2.44.

Zacos-Veglery, no. 2633.

Translation

Κύριε or Θεοτόκε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ .....λ βασιλικῷ πρωτοσπαθαρίῳ καὶ στρατηγῷ τῶν Θρᾳκισίων.

Lord or Mother of God, help your servant ...l, imperial protospatharios and strategos of the Thrakesioi.

Commentary

The first legible letter of the reverse is definitely λ (not an α, as read by Zacos-Veglery) and it is not followed by an abbreviation mark. The owner's name could thus be any name ending in λ, such as Μανουήλ, Μιχαήλ, or Δανιήλ. The first two are more likely.

Bibliography

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