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John imperial referendarios and dioiketes of the provinces (eighth century)

 
 

Obverse

Cruciform invocative monogram (type V); in the quarters: Ι–Ν|Ν–Η. Wreath border.

Θεοτόκε βοήθει Ἰωάννῃ

Reverse

Inscription of six lines. Wreath border.

ΒΣΙΛ
ΙΚΡΕΦΕ
ΡΕΝΔΡΙ
Δ̣Ι̣ΟΙΚΗΤΗ
Τ̣ΝΕΠ
ΡΧΙΟΝ

βασιλικῷ ῥεφερενδαρίῳ (καὶ) διοικητῇ τῷν ἐπαρχιον

Obverse

Cruciform invocative monogram (type V); in the quarters: Ι–Ν|Ν–Η. Wreath border.

Θεοτόκε βοήθει Ἰωάννῃ

Reverse

Inscription of six lines. Wreath border.

ΒΣΙΛ
ΙΚΡΕΦΕ
ΡΕΝΔΡΙ
Δ̣Ι̣ΟΙΚΗΤΗ
Τ̣ΝΕΠ
ΡΧΙΟΝ

βασιλικῷ ῥεφερενδαρίῳ (καὶ) διοικητῇ τῷν ἐπαρχιον

Accession number BZS.1958.106.2818
Diameter 27.0 mm
Previous Editions

Zacos–Veglery, no. 2051; Laurent, Corpus 2: no. 1174.

Translation

Θεοτόκε βοήθει Ἰωάννῃ βασιλικῷ ῥεφερενδαρίῳ καὶ διοικητῇ τῷν ἐπαρχιον.

Theotokos, help John imperial referendarios and dioiketes of the provinces.

Commentary

See ODB, s.v. “referendarios” on the dating of this seal, which is later than the date generally accepted by scholars for the disappearance of the office.