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Malakenos anthypatos, patrikios, imperial protospatharios, and strategos of Longibardia (tenth century)

 
 

Obverse

Patriarchal cross on three steps standing on a ball; on either side, fleurons up to the first transverse bar. Along the circumference, between two concentric border of dots, inscription.

κεοηθειτσδουλ,

Κ(ύρι)ε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλ(ῳ)

Reverse

Inscription in six lines. Indeterminate border.

μαλακ
ινανθυπ,π
ατρικ,,Αˊσπ
αθ/Sστρατ,
λαγγια
ρδ,

Μαλακιν(ῷ) ἀνθυπ(άτῳ) πατρικ(ίῳ) β(ασιλικῷ) (πρωτο)σπαθ(αρίῳ) (καὶ) στρατ(ηγῷ) Λαγγιβαρδ(ίας)

Obverse

Patriarchal cross on three steps standing on a ball; on either side, fleurons up to the first transverse bar. Along the circumference, between two concentric border of dots, inscription.

κεοηθειτσδουλ,

Κ(ύρι)ε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλ(ῳ)

Reverse

Inscription in six lines. Indeterminate border.

μαλακ
ινανθυπ,π
ατρικ,,Αˊσπ
αθ/Sστρατ,
λαγγια
ρδ,

Μαλακιν(ῷ) ἀνθυπ(άτῳ) πατρικ(ίῳ) β(ασιλικῷ) (πρωτο)σπαθ(αρίῳ) (καὶ) στρατ(ηγῷ) Λαγγιβαρδ(ίας)

Accession number BZS.1955.1.1533
Diameter 24.0 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 1, no. 3.1.

Translation

Κύριε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ Μαλακινῷ ἀνθυπάτῳ πατρικίῳ βασιλικῷ πρωτοσπαθαρίῳ καὶ στρατηγῷ Λαγγιβαρδίας

Lord, help your servant Malakinos anthypatos, patrikios, imperial protospatharios, and strategos of Longobardia.

Commentary

Malakenos is known to have governed Longobardia in 951-952; he died fighting the Arabs (Falkenhausen Dominazione, 82-83). This is likely the same Malakenos at the governor of Macedonia, attested on BZS.1958.106.1434, and/or BZS.1955.1.2493.

On the theme of Longobardia, see Falkenhausen, Dominazione with a list of the strategoi (pp. 78 ff.), the first of whom is attested in 891. For the capital city of Bari, see Falkenhausen, “Bari bizantina: Profilo di un capolugo di provincia (secoli IX-XI),”.