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Theodore imperial spatharokandidatos and tourmarches (tenth century)

 
 

Obverse

Bust of St Theodore. Sigla on either side: |θ|εδ| : ὁ ἅ(γιος) Θε(ό)δω[ρ(ος)]. Within a border of dots, a circular inscription along the circumference, beginning with a cross at seven o'clock:

κεοηθ..τσΔ

Κ(ύρι)ε βοήθ[ει] τῷ σῷ δ(ούλῳ)

Reverse

Inscription of five lines beginning with a cross. Border of dots.

θεοδο
ρ̣.πα
θαροκανδ
Ṣτρμαρ
.η..

Θεοδόρῳ β(ασιλικῷ) [σ]παθαροκανδ(ιδάτῳ) (καὶ) τουρμάρ[χ]ῃ ...

Obverse

Bust of St Theodore. Sigla on either side: |θ|εδ| : ὁ ἅ(γιος) Θε(ό)δω[ρ(ος)]. Within a border of dots, a circular inscription along the circumference, beginning with a cross at seven o'clock:

κεοηθ..τσΔ

Κ(ύρι)ε βοήθ[ει] τῷ σῷ δ(ούλῳ)

Reverse

Inscription of five lines beginning with a cross. Border of dots.

θεοδο
ρ̣.πα
θαροκανδ
Ṣτρμαρ
.η..

Θεοδόρῳ β(ασιλικῷ) [σ]παθαροκανδ(ιδάτῳ) (καὶ) τουρμάρ[χ]ῃ ...

Accession number BZS.1958.106.1239
Diameter 20.0 mm
Condition Blank too small for die. Corroded.

Translation

Κύριε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ Θεοδόρῳ βασιλικῷ σπαθαροκανδιδάτῳ καὶ τουρμάρχῃ ...

Lord, help your servant Theodore, imperial spatharokandidatos and tourmarches ...

Commentary

It is possible that the owner's name was Theodotos; the poor state of preservation makes it difficult to confirm the name, but Theodore seems the more likely reading in view of the saint depicted on the obverse.

The illegibility of the last line of the reverse precludes identification of the place where the owner performed his duties as tourmarches.