Skip to Content
You are here:Home/Resources/ Byzantine Seals/ Search the Byzantine Seals Collection/ Gregory imperial or proto- (?) spatharios and epi tou manglaviou (tenth/eleventh century)

Gregory imperial or proto- (?) spatharios and epi tou manglaviou (tenth/eleventh century)

 
 

Obverse

Bust of the Mother of God. Sigla on either side: ̣̅–Θ̣̅: Μ(ήτη)ρ Θ(εοῦ). Border of dots.

Reverse

Inscription of five lines. Border of dots.

ΘΚ̅Ε,
ΓΡΙΓΟΡ̣
ΣΠΘ
ΕΠΙΤ̣,Μ
.ΓΛ̣.̣

Θ(εοτό)κε β(οή)[θ(ει)] Γριγορ(ίῳ) σπαθαρ(ίῳ) (καὶ) ἐπὶ τ(οῦ) μ[αγ]γλ[α]β(ίου)

Obverse

Bust of the Mother of God. Sigla on either side: ̣̅–Θ̣̅: Μ(ήτη)ρ Θ(εοῦ). Border of dots.

Reverse

Inscription of five lines. Border of dots.

ΘΚ̅Ε,
ΓΡΙΓΟΡ̣
ΣΠΘ
ΕΠΙΤ̣,Μ
.ΓΛ̣.̣

Θ(εοτό)κε β(οή)[θ(ει)] Γριγορ(ίῳ) σπαθαρ(ίῳ) (καὶ) ἐπὶ τ(οῦ) μ[αγ]γλ[α]β(ίου)

Accession number BZS.1955.1.2366
Diameter 17.0 mm
Condition Chipped and worn.

Translation

Θεοτόκε βοήθει Γριγορίῳ σπαθαρίῳ καὶ ἐπὶ τοῦ μαγγλαβίου.

Mother of God, help Gregory, spatharios and epi tou manglaviou.

Commentary

It is not clear whether there is room for an abbreviation at the end of the second line on the reverse. We would expect the holder of the office of epi tou manglaviou to have the title of imperial or proto- spatharios, but the lettering is too obscure to offer a specific reading.