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Nicholas magistros, "man" (?) of the raiktor (tenth/eleventh century)

 
 

Obverse

A patriarchal cross (x at the lower transverse bar) mounted on a base of four steps. Fleurons rise on both sides. Within a border of dots, a circular inscription along the circumference, beginning at seven o'clock:

κε̣ο̣η̣θ̣η̣τσουλ

Κ(ύρι)ε βοήθη τῷ σῷ δούλ(ῳ)

Reverse

Inscription of five lines. Border of dots.

νικο
λομγ̣
ηστρ,..
τουρε.
τορ

Νικολάο μαγήστρ(ῳ) [τῷ] τοῦ ῥέ[κ]τορ(ος)

Obverse

A patriarchal cross (x at the lower transverse bar) mounted on a base of four steps. Fleurons rise on both sides. Within a border of dots, a circular inscription along the circumference, beginning at seven o'clock:

κε̣ο̣η̣θ̣η̣τσουλ

Κ(ύρι)ε βοήθη τῷ σῷ δούλ(ῳ)

Reverse

Inscription of five lines. Border of dots.

νικο
λομγ̣
ηστρ,..
τουρε.
τορ

Νικολάο μαγήστρ(ῳ) [τῷ] τοῦ ῥέ[κ]τορ(ος)

Accession number BZS.1958.106.1122
Diameter 24.0 mm; field: 21.0 mm
Condition Partially effaced.

Translation

Κύριε βοήθη τῷ σῷ δούλῳ Νικολάο μαγήστρῳ τῷ τοῦ ῥέκτορος.

Lord, help your servant Nicholas magistros, "man" of the rhaiktor.

Commentary

We have interpreted the phrase ὁ τοῦ ῥέκτορος as "man" of the raiktor, but it may mean that the owner was a relative or protégé of this official.