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N. imperial spatharios and doux of the Armeniakoi (eighth/ninth century)

Accession number BZS.1958.106.2768
Diameter 23 mm
Condition Thick specimen. Blank too small for matrix.
Previous Editions

DO Seals 4, no. 22.12.

Obverse

Cruciform invocative monogram (indeterminate type); in the lower quarters: δ-λ. Wreath border.

Reverse

Inscription. Wreath border.

β..
θ/Sδουκ
ηαρμε/

....ῳ β(ασιλικῷ) [σπα]θ(αρίῳ) (καὶ) δουκὴ Ἀρμε(νιακῶν)

Translation

Κύριε or Θεοτόκε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ ....ῳ βασιλικῷ σπαθαρίῳ καὶ δουκὴ Ἀρμενιακῶν.

Lord or Mother of God, help your servant ....os, imperial spatharios and doux of the Armeniakoi.

Commentary

The absence of the article τῶν would invite one to restore δουκὶ Ἀρμε(νίας), but this restoration can be discarded thanks to BZS.1947.2.45.
A doux of the Armeniakoi is not attested, as far as we know, in any other source. But it is not impossible that this official is the same as the doux of Chaldia, well known from texts and seals (Listes, 349; Zacos-Veglery, nos. 3088A, 3226A). This would mean though that both our specimens date before the elevation of Chaldia to the rank of theme, when this region still belonged to the Armeniakoi, which is not impossible. 

Accession number BZS.1958.106.2768
Diameter 23 mm
Condition Thick specimen. Blank too small for matrix.
Previous Editions

DO Seals 4, no. 22.12.

Notes

Accession number BZS.1958.106.2768
Diameter 23 mm
Condition Thick specimen. Blank too small for matrix.
Previous Editions

DO Seals 4, no. 22.12.