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Sisinnios Hexa[kionites] (?), imperial protospatharios and strategos of the Peloponnesos (tenth century)

 
 

Obverse

Inscription of four lines preceded and followed by decoration. Border of dots.


ΘΕΟΤ
ΟΚΕΟΗ
ΘΕΙΤΣ
ΔΟΥΛ


Θεοτόκε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλ

Reverse

Inscription of five lines. Border of dots.

ΣΙΣΙ
ΝΝ..ˊΣΠ
ΑΘ,ΣΤΡΑ
Τ,ΠΕΛΟ.
ΤΞ,Κ

Σισιννίῳ βασιλικῷ πρωτοσπαθαρίῳ καὶ στρατηγῷ Πελοποννήσου τῷ Ἑξακιονίτῃ (?)

Obverse

Inscription of four lines preceded and followed by decoration. Border of dots.


ΘΕΟΤ
ΟΚΕΟΗ
ΘΕΙΤΣ
ΔΟΥΛ


Θεοτόκε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλ

Reverse

Inscription of five lines. Border of dots.

ΣΙΣΙ
ΝΝ..ˊΣΠ
ΑΘ,ΣΤΡΑ
Τ,ΠΕΛΟ.
ΤΞ,Κ

Σισιννίῳ βασιλικῷ πρωτοσπαθαρίῳ καὶ στρατηγῷ Πελοποννήσου τῷ Ἑξακιονίτῃ (?)

Accession number BZS.1958.106.1617
Diameter 26.0 mm; field: 21.0 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 2, no. 22.35.

Translation

Θεοτόκε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ Σισιννίῳ βασιλικῷ πρωτοσπαθαρίῳ καὶ στρατηγῷ Πελοποννήσου τῷ Ἑξακιονίτῃ (?).

Mother of God, help your servant Sisinnios Hexakionites (?) protospatharios and strategos of the Peloponnesos.

Commentary

It is unclear whether the reverse inscription consists of five lines or six, but while there is space for a sixth line, we note that there is no evidence of any imprint. Reading the family name is a problem: the last legible letter seems to be a Κ (the vertical line and the ending of the upper oblique line are clearly visible); but there was probably one more letter that cannot be seen. Thus the name that comes to mind right away is Ἑξακιονίτης, but the rare Ἑξακλινίτης is also possible (cf. Laurent, Corpus II, no. 844), as are Ἑξακωμίτης or Ἐξακουστός. Cf. Basilics, schol. 3 to XI,1,76.