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Philaretos Brachamios, magistros and doux (1068-1078)

 
 

Obverse

Two standing military saints, St Demetrios (left) and St Eustratios (?), holding spears and shields. Sigla on either side of the figure at left: ||Η|Μ|ΙΤ|Ρ,. ὁ ἅ(γιος) Δημίτρ(ιος). Sigla beside the figure at right: |Ε. ὁ ἅ(γιος) Ε(ὐστράτιος). Border of dots.

Reverse

Inscription of six lines, a decoration above. Border of dots.


Θ̣ΚΕ,ΗΘ,
ΦΙΛΑΡΕΤ
ΜΑΓΙΣΤΡ
ΚΑΙΚ,Τ
ΡΑΧΑΜΙ


Θ(εοτό)κε β(ο)ήθ(ει) Φιλαρέτῳ μαγίστρῳ καὶ δουκ(ὶ) τῷ Βραχαμίῳ

Obverse

Two standing military saints, St Demetrios (left) and St Eustratios (?), holding spears and shields. Sigla on either side of the figure at left: ||Η|Μ|ΙΤ|Ρ,. ὁ ἅ(γιος) Δημίτρ(ιος). Sigla beside the figure at right: |Ε. ὁ ἅ(γιος) Ε(ὐστράτιος). Border of dots.

Reverse

Inscription of six lines, a decoration above. Border of dots.


Θ̣ΚΕ,ΗΘ,
ΦΙΛΑΡΕΤ
ΜΑΓΙΣΤΡ
ΚΑΙΚ,Τ
ΡΑΧΑΜΙ


Θ(εοτό)κε β(ο)ήθ(ει) Φιλαρέτῳ μαγίστρῳ καὶ δουκ(ὶ) τῷ Βραχαμίῳ

Accession number BZS.1955.1.3396
Diameter 28.0 mm

Translation

Θεοτόκε βοήθει Φιλαρέτῳ μαγίστρῳ καὶ δουκὶ τῷ Βραχαμίῳ.

Mother of God, help Philaretos Brachamios, magistros and doux.

Commentary

The Armenian warlord Philaretos Brachamios was entrusted with high military command by Romanos IV Diogenes; his title of magistros puts this seal in the years between Romanos' accession in 1068 and the first year of the reign of Nikephoros III Botaneiates (1078-1081) when he is attested in the higher rank of kouropalates. See Cheynet, "Les Brachamioi."

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