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Euthymios protospatharios epi tou vestiariou, chartoularios and judge of the Anatolikoi (eleventh century)

 
 

Obverse

Bust of the Virgin with both hands raised in front of her. Sigla: ̅ΘΥ̅ : Μή(τη)ρ Θ(εο)ῦ. Along the border of dots, scant traces of circular inscription, starting at 8 o'clock.

ΚΕ.

Θεοτόκε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ

Reverse

Inscription (likely preceded and) followed by an ornament. Border of dots.

....ΕΠΙ
Τ,ΕΣΤΙΑ
.ΧΑΡΤΛ,
..ΙΤ,ΤΝ
ΑΝΑΤΟΛ,

Εὐθυμίῳ πρωτοσπαθαρίῳ ἐπὶ τοῦ βεστιαρίου, χαρτουλαρίῳ καὶ κριτ τῶν Ανατολικῶν

Obverse

Bust of the Virgin with both hands raised in front of her. Sigla: ̅ΘΥ̅ : Μή(τη)ρ Θ(εο)ῦ. Along the border of dots, scant traces of circular inscription, starting at 8 o'clock.

ΚΕ.

Θεοτόκε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ

Reverse

Inscription (likely preceded and) followed by an ornament. Border of dots.

....ΕΠΙ
Τ,ΕΣΤΙΑ
.ΧΑΡΤΛ,
..ΙΤ,ΤΝ
ΑΝΑΤΟΛ,

Εὐθυμίῳ πρωτοσπαθαρίῳ ἐπὶ τοῦ βεστιαρίου, χαρτουλαρίῳ καὶ κριτ τῶν Ανατολικῶν

Accession number BZS.1955.1.2867
Diameter 26.0 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 3, no. 86.26.
Zacos, Seals II, no. 811.

Translation

Θεοτόκε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ Εὐθυμίῳ πρωτοσπαθαρίῳ ἐπὶ τοῦ βεστιαρίου, χαρτουλαρίῳ καὶ κριτῇ τῶν Ανατολικῶν.

Mother of God, help your servant Euthymios, protospatharios, epi tou vestiariou, chartoularios, and judge of the Anatolikoi.

Commentary

We have restored the name in accordance with the parallel specimen published by Zacos. We take it that the owner was a eunuch protospatharios, attached to the imperial vestiarion, from which he drew a supplementary salary.

Bibliography

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