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Ariebes nobelissimos and doux (eleventh century, second half)

 
 

Obverse

St Theodore standing, holding a spear and shield. Inscription on either side: Α|γι|οσθ|εο|δ|ρ, : [ὁ] ἅγιος Θεόδωρ(ος). Border of dots.

Reverse

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

κε̅,θ,
σ,
ριεην
ελλισιμ,
.κι

Κ(ύρι)ε β(οή)θ(ει) [τ]ῷ σῷ δού(λῳ) [Ἀ]ριέβῃ νου[β]ελλισίμ(ῳ) [(καὶ)] δουκί

Obverse

St Theodore standing, holding a spear and shield. Inscription on either side: Α|γι|οσθ|εο|δ|ρ, : [ὁ] ἅγιος Θεόδωρ(ος). Border of dots.

Reverse

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

κε̅,θ,
σ,
ριεην
ελλισιμ,
.κι

Κ(ύρι)ε β(οή)θ(ει) [τ]ῷ σῷ δού(λῳ) [Ἀ]ριέβῃ νου[β]ελλισίμ(ῳ) [(καὶ)] δουκί

Accession number BZS.1958.106.1816
Diameter 19.0 mm
Previous Editions

Mentioned in connection with other seals of this man or his descendants in Wassiliou-Seibt, Siegel mit metrischen Legenden II, no. 2867.

Translation

Κύριε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ Ἀριέβῃ νουβελλισίμῳ καὶ δουκί.

Lord, help your servant Ariebes, nobelissimos and doux.

Commentary

This will be the Ariebes attested as one of the Byzantine commanders at the siege of Achridas in 1082; he was later implicated in a plot against the emperor Alexios Komnenos in 1092.