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Theodotos imperial spatharios (eighth/ninth century)

 
 

Obverse

Cruciform invocative monogram; in the quarters: ̣–Σ.|̣–Λ.. Indeterminate border.

Κύριε/Θεοτόκε βοήθει [τ]ῷ σ[ῷ δ]ούλ[ῳ]

Reverse

Inscription of three lines. Indeterminate border.

ΘΕΟΟ
ΤΒ⸉ΣΠΑ
ΘΑΡΙ

Θεοδότῳ β(ασιλικῷ) σπαθαρίῳ

Obverse

Cruciform invocative monogram; in the quarters: ̣–Σ.|̣–Λ.. Indeterminate border.

Κύριε/Θεοτόκε βοήθει [τ]ῷ σ[ῷ δ]ούλ[ῳ]

Reverse

Inscription of three lines. Indeterminate border.

ΘΕΟΟ
ΤΒ⸉ΣΠΑ
ΘΑΡΙ

Θεοδότῳ β(ασιλικῷ) σπαθαρίῳ

Accession number BZS.1958.106.2592
Diameter 28.0 mm
Condition Struck faintly and off-center (obv.)

Translation

Κύριε/Θεοτόκε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ Θεοδότῳ βασιλικῷ σπαθαρίῳ.

Lord/Theotokos, help your servant Theodotos imperial spatharios.

Commentary

The organization of letters on the reverse of this seal is identical to BZS.1958.106.3141, but the style is slightly different (compare the abbreviation mark on the second line, the relative placement of the letters in the top quarters on the obverse, and the more pronounced serifs on BZS.1958.106.3141).