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John archon tes thymeles (tenth century)

 
 

Obverse

Bust of the Virgin orans. Sigla on either side: ̅–ΘΥ̅ : Μ(ήτη)ρ Θ(εο)ῦ. Border of dots.

Reverse

Inscription of five lines beginning with a cross. A decoration below. Border of dots.

Θ̣ΚΕ
ΟΗΘΕΙ
Ι̅ΡΧΟΝ
ΤΙΤ̣ΗΣΘΥ̣
Μ̣ΕΛΗΣ
  

Θ(εοτό)κε βοήθει Ἰω(άννῃ) ἄρχοντι τῆς θυμέλης

Obverse

Bust of the Virgin orans. Sigla on either side: ̅–ΘΥ̅ : Μ(ήτη)ρ Θ(εο)ῦ. Border of dots.

Reverse

Inscription of five lines beginning with a cross. A decoration below. Border of dots.

Θ̣ΚΕ
ΟΗΘΕΙ
Ι̅ΡΧΟΝ
ΤΙΤ̣ΗΣΘΥ̣
Μ̣ΕΛΗΣ
  

Θ(εοτό)κε βοήθει Ἰω(άννῃ) ἄρχοντι τῆς θυμέλης

Accession number BZS.1955.1.2394
Diameter 18.0 mm
Condition Chipped and worn.

Translation

Θεοτόκε βοήθει Ἰωάννῃ ἄρχοντι τῆς θυμέλης.

Mother of God, help John, archon tes thymeles.

Commentary

On the archon tes thymeles, (the old tribunus voluptatum), or "master of entertainments," see Oikonomides, Listes, 315.