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Lykastos hypatos imperial spatharios and strategos (eighth century)

 
 

Obverse

Cruciform invocative monogram (indeterminate type). Wreath border.

Θεοτόκε (or Κύριε) βοήθει

Reverse

Inscription of five lines, with a cross surrounded by tendrils above the inscription. Wreath border.

  
ΛΥΚ̣Σ
ΤΩΥ̣ΠΒ̣
ΣΙΛΣΠ
sΣΤΡ̣
ΤΙ̣Γ̣

Λυκάστῳ ὑπ(άτῳ) βασιλι(κῷ) σπ(αθαρίῳ) (καὶ) στρατιγ(ῷ)

Obverse

Cruciform invocative monogram (indeterminate type). Wreath border.

Θεοτόκε (or Κύριε) βοήθει

Reverse

Inscription of five lines, with a cross surrounded by tendrils above the inscription. Wreath border.

  
ΛΥΚ̣Σ
ΤΩΥ̣ΠΒ̣
ΣΙΛΣΠ
sΣΤΡ̣
ΤΙ̣Γ̣

Λυκάστῳ ὑπ(άτῳ) βασιλι(κῷ) σπ(αθαρίῳ) (καὶ) στρατιγ(ῷ)

Accession number BZS.1955.1.529
Diameter 27.0 mm
Condition Obverse is almost completely effaced.

Translation

Θεοτόκε βοήθει Λυκάστῳ ὑπάτῳ βασιλικῷ σπαθαρίῳ καὶ στρατιγῷ.

Mother of God, help Lykastos, hypatos, imperial spatharios, and strategos.

Commentary

Similar seals from the same period indicate that this Lykastos may have been strategos of Cephalonia, but a reference to this location is not present on this seal.