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Euphemios hypatos, genikos kommerkiarios and archon tou blattiou (eighth/ninth century)

 
 

Obverse

Cruciform invocative monogram (type V); in the quarters: ..–Σ.|–Λ̣. Indeterminate border.

Θεοτόκε βοήθει [τῷ] σ[ῷ] δούλῳ

Reverse

Inscription of five lines. Indeterminate border.

.ΦΗ
Μ̣ΙΥΠ
Ι̣ΚΚΟ̣Μ
.ΡΧ
̣Λ̣Α̣

[Εὐ]φημίῳ ὑπ(άτῳ) [γεν]ικ(ῷ) κομ[μερ]κ(ιαρίῳ) (καὶ) ἄρχ(οντι) [τ(οῦ)] βλα[τ(τίου)]

Obverse

Cruciform invocative monogram (type V); in the quarters: ..–Σ.|–Λ̣. Indeterminate border.

Θεοτόκε βοήθει [τῷ] σ[ῷ] δούλῳ

Reverse

Inscription of five lines. Indeterminate border.

.ΦΗ
Μ̣ΙΥΠ
Ι̣ΚΚΟ̣Μ
.ΡΧ
̣Λ̣Α̣

[Εὐ]φημίῳ ὑπ(άτῳ) [γεν]ικ(ῷ) κομ[μερ]κ(ιαρίῳ) (καὶ) ἄρχ(οντι) [τ(οῦ)] βλα[τ(τίου)]

Accession number BZS.1955.1.812
Diameter 25.0 mm
Condition Broken; one third missing.
Previous Editions

Zacos 1863.

Translation

Θεοτόκε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ Εὐφημίῳ ὑπάτῳ γενικῷ κομμερκιαρίῳ καὶ ἄρχοντι τοῦ βλαττίου.

Mother of God, help your servant Euphemios hypatos, genikos kommerkiarios, and archon tou blattiou.

Commentary

Zacos reads the name as Euphemianos, but the two lines that begin second line of the reverse inscription are better read as the end of a mu and an iota. It is possible to reconstruct the ικ beginning the third line of the reverse inscription as belonging to "patrikios," but "genikos" better accommodates the space of the previous line.