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Leo Hexamilites, spatharokandidatos epi tou Chrysotriklinou (tenth/eleventh century)

 
 

Obverse

Bust of the Virgin orans with the medallion of Christ. Sigla: ̅θυ̅ : Μήτηρ Θεοῦ. Border of dots.

Reverse

Inscription of six lines. Border of dots.


θκ̅ε,θ,
λεντα
σπαθκ,
επ,τ,γκλ
ττ,ε
μλτ

Θεοτόκε βοήθει Λέωντα σπαθαροκανδιδάτον ἐπ τοῦ Χρυσοτριγκλίνου τῷ τοῦ Ἑξαμιλίτου

Obverse

Bust of the Virgin orans with the medallion of Christ. Sigla: ̅θυ̅ : Μήτηρ Θεοῦ. Border of dots.

Reverse

Inscription of six lines. Border of dots.


θκ̅ε,θ,
λεντα
σπαθκ,
επ,τ,γκλ
ττ,ε
μλτ

Θεοτόκε βοήθει Λέωντα σπαθαροκανδιδάτον ἐπ τοῦ Χρυσοτριγκλίνου τῷ τοῦ Ἑξαμιλίτου

Accession number BZS.1955.1.3350
Diameter 19.0 mm; field: 14.0 mm

Translation

Θεοτόκε βοήθει Λέωντα σπαθαροκανδιδάτον ἐπὶ τοῦ Χρυσοτριγκλίνου τῷ τοῦ Ἑξαμιλίτου.

Mother of God, help Leo (son of) Hexamilites, spatharokandidatos epi tou Chrysotriklinou.

Commentary

The reading of the last two lines of the reverse is secure but presents an odd formulation: τῷ τοῦ Ἐξαμιλίτου, as though to say "son of" (or "man of") Hexamilites. Given the grammatical awkwardness of the inscription, which shifts from the accusative case to the dative, we may assume that this was an engraver's mistake and that the owner's name was in fact Leo Hexamilites.