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Nicholas protospatharios and asekretis (eleventh century, first half)

Accession number BZS.1958.106.3159
Diameter 30 mm
Field diameter 28 mm
Condition Effaced on both sides, with loss of lettering.
Previous Editions

Laurent, Corpus II, no. 100; cf. Wassiliou-Seibt, Siegel mit metrischen Legenden I, no. 848.

Obverse

Inscription of six lines beginning with a cross, a decoration below. Border of dots.


κ̣υ̣ρ̣ι̣.
οηθειτ.
σουλˊν̣.
κολ̣σ̣.
θρικ̣ι
σικ̣ρ̣,τ̣,

Κύρι[ε] βοήθει τ[ῷ] σῷ δούλ(ῳ) Ν[ι]κολάῳ (πρωτο)σ[π]αθαρίῳ καὶ ἀσικρ(ῆ)τ(ις)

Reverse

Inscription of six lines, decorations above and below. Border of dots.


η.φρ
γˊυτ,νικ,
λουτυν
χνσπθˊ
ριουτεκˊ
σικρ,τ,


ἡ [σ]φραγ(ὶς) αὕτ(η) Νικ(ο)λάου τυνχάν(ει) (πρωτο)σπ(α)θ(α)ρίου τε κ(αὶ) ἀσικρ(ῆ)τ(ις)

Translation

Κύριε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ Νικολάῳ πρωτοσπαθαρίῳ καὶ ἀσικρῆτις. ἡ σφραγὶς αὕτη Νικολάου τυνχάνει πρωτοσπαθαρίου τε καὶ ἀσικρῆτις.

Lord, help your servant Nicholas, protospatharios and asekretis. This happens to be the seal of Nicholas, protospatharios and asekretis.

Commentary

The seal combines a standard invocation on the obverse with two twelve-syllable verses forming the inscription on the reverse.

Note the well-intentioned but unfortunate attempt to restore the lettering on the left side of the reverse inscription.

Accession number BZS.1958.106.3159
Diameter 30 mm
Field diameter 28 mm
Condition Effaced on both sides, with loss of lettering.
Previous Editions

Laurent, Corpus II, no. 100; cf. Wassiliou-Seibt, Siegel mit metrischen Legenden I, no. 848.

Accession number BZS.1958.106.3159
Diameter 30 mm
Field diameter 28 mm
Condition Effaced on both sides, with loss of lettering.
Previous Editions

Laurent, Corpus II, no. 100; cf. Wassiliou-Seibt, Siegel mit metrischen Legenden I, no. 848.

Notes

Accession number BZS.1958.106.3159
Diameter 30 mm
Field diameter 28 mm
Condition Effaced on both sides, with loss of lettering.
Previous Editions

Laurent, Corpus II, no. 100; cf. Wassiliou-Seibt, Siegel mit metrischen Legenden I, no. 848.

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