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Iezid, imperial spatharios and droungarios (eighth century, first half)

 
 

Obverse

Cruciform invocative monogram (type VIII): Θεοτόκε βοήθει. In the four angles of the cruciform: Ιεζηθ : Ἰεζήθ. Between concentric wreath borders, a circular inscription:

αποανδροσ......δ̣ολιρυσαιμε

Θεοτόκε βοήθει Ἰεζὴθ

ἀπὸ ἀνδρὸς [ἀδίκου (καὶ)] δολίου ῥῦσαί με

Reverse

Inscription of six lines. Wreath border.

Β̣α̣σ̣ι
λ̣ικωσπ
αθαριω
δρουνγ
αριω

βασιλικῷ σπαθαρίῳ (καὶ) δρουνγαρίῳ

Obverse

Cruciform invocative monogram (type VIII): Θεοτόκε βοήθει. In the four angles of the cruciform: Ιεζηθ : Ἰεζήθ. Between concentric wreath borders, a circular inscription:

αποανδροσ......δ̣ολιρυσαιμε

Θεοτόκε βοήθει Ἰεζὴθ

ἀπὸ ἀνδρὸς [ἀδίκου (καὶ)] δολίου ῥῦσαί με

Reverse

Inscription of six lines. Wreath border.

Β̣α̣σ̣ι
λ̣ικωσπ
αθαριω
δρουνγ
αριω

βασιλικῷ σπαθαρίῳ (καὶ) δρουνγαρίῳ

Accession number BZS.1958.106.3540
Diameter 24.0 mm
Condition Chipped and partially corroded.
Previous Editions

Joe Glynias, "Prayerful Iconoclasts. Psalm Seals and Elite Formation in the First Iconoclast Era (726-750)," 87 (no. 9a).

Translation

Θεοτόκε βοήθει Ἰεζὴθ βασιλικῷ σπαθαρίῳ (καὶ) δρουνγαρίῳ. ἀπὸ ἀνδρὸς [ἀδίκου (καὶ)] δολίου ῥῦσαί με.

Lord, help Iezid, imperial spatharios and droungarios. From an unjust and deceitful man, save me.

 

Commentary

The seal contains a quotation from Psalm 42:1 on the reverse.

For a similar seal see 1955.1.1325