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Athanasios (?) imperial spatharios (eighth century)

 
 

Obverse

Cruciform invocative monogram (indeterminate type); preserved in the lower quarters: Δ–Λ. Wreath border.

Θεοτόκε (or Κύριε) βοήθει [τῷ σῷ] δούλῳ

Reverse

Inscription of four lines. Wreath border.

.ΘΑ̣..
Σ̣ΙΒΑ̣Σ̣Ι
ΛΙΚ̣ΩΣΠ̣Α̣
Θ̣̣Ρ̣Ι̣

[Ἀ]θα[να]σίῳ βασιλικῷ σπαθαρίῳ

Obverse

Cruciform invocative monogram (indeterminate type); preserved in the lower quarters: Δ–Λ. Wreath border.

Θεοτόκε (or Κύριε) βοήθει [τῷ σῷ] δούλῳ

Reverse

Inscription of four lines. Wreath border.

.ΘΑ̣..
Σ̣ΙΒΑ̣Σ̣Ι
ΛΙΚ̣ΩΣΠ̣Α̣
Θ̣̣Ρ̣Ι̣

[Ἀ]θα[να]σίῳ βασιλικῷ σπαθαρίῳ

Accession number BZS.1955.1.710
Diameter 28.0 mm
Condition Upper-left corner (from obverse perspective) has chipped off; mild chipping in lower-right corner. Double-struck, some effacement on reverse side.

Translation

Θεοτόκε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ Ἀθανασίῳ βασιλικῷ σπαθαρίῳ.

Mother of God, help your servant Athanasios imperial spatharios.

Commentary

Other readings or reconstructions of the name may be possible. An imperial sparthios named Athanasios from the eighth century is not attested among other seals in the Dumbarton Oaks collection or in the PmbZ.