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Abramios ostiarios and spatharios (tenth/eleventh century)

 
 

Obverse

Bust of a saint, likely St Nicholas, holding a book in his left hand and offering a blessing with his right. Partially preserved epigraphy at left: Ο|.Γ: ὁ [ἅ]γ(ιος) ... . Border of dots.

Reverse

Inscription of five lines beginning with a cross. Border of dots.

ke,Θ,
.ΣΔ
.ΡΑΜΙ,
Ο̣ΣΤΙΑΡΙ
̣ΣΠΑΘ,

Κ(ύρι)ε β(οή)θ(ει) [τ]ῷ σῷ δού(λῷ) [Ἀ]βραμί(ῳ) ὀστιαρί(ῳ) (καὶ) σπαθ(αρίῳ)

Obverse

Bust of a saint, likely St Nicholas, holding a book in his left hand and offering a blessing with his right. Partially preserved epigraphy at left: Ο|.Γ: ὁ [ἅ]γ(ιος) ... . Border of dots.

Reverse

Inscription of five lines beginning with a cross. Border of dots.

ke,Θ,
.ΣΔ
.ΡΑΜΙ,
Ο̣ΣΤΙΑΡΙ
̣ΣΠΑΘ,

Κ(ύρι)ε β(οή)θ(ει) [τ]ῷ σῷ δού(λῷ) [Ἀ]βραμί(ῳ) ὀστιαρί(ῳ) (καὶ) σπαθ(αρίῳ)

Accession number BZS.1955.1.2181
Diameter 28.0 mm
Condition Chipped and corroded.

Translation

Κύριε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῷ Ἀβραμίῳ ὀστιαρίῳ καὶ σπαθαρίῳ.

Lord, help your servant Abramios, ostiarios and spatharios.

Commentary

The letter read here as an abbreviation of καὶ could perhaps be taken as β for β(ασιλικῷ), which would make the owner imperial spatharios, but we prefer the former reading.