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Euphemianos imperial protospatharios and strategos of Hellas (eighth/ninth century)

 
 

Obverse

Cruciform invocative monogram (type VIII); in the quarters: ΤΩΣΩ|ΔΛΩ. Wreath border.

Κύριε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ

Reverse

Inscription of five lines. Wreath border.

ΕΥΦΙΜ
ΙΝΟΒ,ˊ,ˊΣΠ
Θ,ˊSΣΤΡΑ
ΤΙΓ,ˊΕΛ
ΟΣ

Εὐφιμιανο βασιλικῷ πρωτοσπαθαρίῳ καὶ στρατιγ Ἑλάδος

Obverse

Cruciform invocative monogram (type VIII); in the quarters: ΤΩΣΩ|ΔΛΩ. Wreath border.

Κύριε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ

Reverse

Inscription of five lines. Wreath border.

ΕΥΦΙΜ
ΙΝΟΒ,ˊ,ˊΣΠ
Θ,ˊSΣΤΡΑ
ΤΙΓ,ˊΕΛ
ΟΣ

Εὐφιμιανο βασιλικῷ πρωτοσπαθαρίῳ καὶ στρατιγ Ἑλάδος

Accession number BZS 1955.1.836
Diameter 30.0 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 2, no. 8.44(a).
Zacos-Veglery, no. 1886a.

Translation

Κύριε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ Εὐφιμιανο βασιλικῷ πρωτοσπαθαρίῳ καὶ στρατιγῷ Ἑλάδος.

Lord, help your servant Euphemianos imperial protospatharios and strategos of Hellas.

Commentary

Note the use of double abbreviation signs in the inscription on the reverse, a most unusual epigraphic feature. The blanks used for this and the other seals of Euphemianos in the Dumbarton Oaks collection (BZS 1955.1.813-826, 1955.1.826-857) reveal a common defect in that many were struck well off-center. The extraordinary number of seals attributed to this man may also point to their original discovery in an archival deposit.

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