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Theophanes (?) patrikios, imperial protospatharios and genikos logothetes (eighth century)

 
 

Obverse

Invocative monogram (type II or V). Inscription in the quarters: .|λσ. Wreath border.

Θεοτόκε βοήθει τῷ δούλῳ σου

Reverse

Cruciform monogram. Inscription: βσ̅σπ|γενλογ. Indeterminate border.

 - θ - ι - κ - ο - π - ρ - τ - φ - ω

Θεοφάνει (?) πατρικίῳ βασ(ιλικῷ) (πρωτο)σπ(αθαρίῳ) καὶ γεν(ικῷ) λογ(οθέτῃ)

Obverse

Invocative monogram (type II or V). Inscription in the quarters: .|λσ. Wreath border.

Θεοτόκε βοήθει τῷ δούλῳ σου

Reverse

Cruciform monogram. Inscription: βσ̅σπ|γενλογ. Indeterminate border.

 - θ - ι - κ - ο - π - ρ - τ - φ - ω

Θεοφάνει (?) πατρικίῳ βασ(ιλικῷ) (πρωτο)σπ(αθαρίῳ) καὶ γεν(ικῷ) λογ(οθέτῃ)

Accession number BZS.1955.1.640
Diameter 31.0 mm
Previous Editions

Zacos-Veglery, no. 2510.

Translation

Θεοτόκε βοήθει τῷ δούλῳ σου Θεοφάνει (?) πατρικίῳ βασιλικῷ πρωτοσπαθαρίῳ καὶ γενικῷ λογοθέτῃ.

Theotokos help your servant Theophanes patrikios, imperial protospatharios and genikos logothetes.

Commentary

The name included within the reverse monogram is uncertain, as the left and right arms of the cruciform are chipped; the left arm seems to include a π in ligature with a ν, while the right arm contains a definite κ with a possible ε in ligature; if the ν is not present, then the name reads Θεοφίλῳ (Theophilos). If the ε is not present, which is quite possible, then the name reads Αφθονίῳ (Aphthonios).

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