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Theodosios imperial spatharios (ninth century)

 
 

Obverse

Cruciform invocative monogram (type V); in the quarters: Τ–Σ|..–Λ. Indeterminate border.

Θεοτόκε βοήθει τῷ σῷ [δού]λῳ

Reverse

Inscription of three lines beginning with a cross, followed by a decoration. Indeterminate border.

ΘΕΟ
Ο̣ΣΙΒ⸉ΣΠ̣
ΘΡ̣.̣

Θεοδοσίῳ β(ασιλικῷ) σπαθαρ[ί]ῳ

Obverse

Cruciform invocative monogram (type V); in the quarters: Τ–Σ|..–Λ. Indeterminate border.

Θεοτόκε βοήθει τῷ σῷ [δού]λῳ

Reverse

Inscription of three lines beginning with a cross, followed by a decoration. Indeterminate border.

ΘΕΟ
Ο̣ΣΙΒ⸉ΣΠ̣
ΘΡ̣.̣

Θεοδοσίῳ β(ασιλικῷ) σπαθαρ[ί]ῳ

Accession number BZS.1958.106.2831
Diameter 24.0 mm

Translation

Θεοτόκε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ Θεοδοσίῳ βασιλικῷ σπαθαρίῳ.

Theotokos, help your servant Theodosios imperial spatharios.

Commentary

Two other seals seem to be related to this specimen. The first (BZS.1958.106.3175) appears to be a parallel. The second (BZS.1958.106.4267), although it differs slightly and seems to come from a different boulloterion, has an identical arrangement of letters and decoration, and so belongs to the same individual.