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Paul protospatharios, judge of the Hippodrome and of the Thrakesioi (tenth/eleventh century)

 
 

Obverse

Inscription of five lines, decoration below. Border of dots.

.ηθ.
.υλαˋ
σπαθα
ρι

[Κ(ύρι)ε βο]ήθ(ει) [Πα]ύλῳ (πρωτο)σπαθαρίῳ

Reverse

Inscription of five lines, decoration below. Border of dots.

....
επιτ
πορο
.ονθρα
ησιν

[κριτ(ῇ)] ἐπὶ τοῦ [Ἱπ]ποδρό[μ(ου) (καὶ) τ]ον Θρᾳκησίων

Obverse

Inscription of five lines, decoration below. Border of dots.

.ηθ.
.υλαˋ
σπαθα
ρι

[Κ(ύρι)ε βο]ήθ(ει) [Πα]ύλῳ (πρωτο)σπαθαρίῳ

Reverse

Inscription of five lines, decoration below. Border of dots.

....
επιτ
πορο
.ονθρα
ησιν

[κριτ(ῇ)] ἐπὶ τοῦ [Ἱπ]ποδρό[μ(ου) (καὶ) τ]ον Θρᾳκησίων

Accession number BZS.1958.106.4166
Diameter 24.0 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 3, no. 2.24.

Translation

Κύριε βοήθει Παύλῳ πρωτοσπαθαρίῳ, κριτῇ ἐπὶ τοῦ Ἱπποδρόμου καὶ τον Θρᾳκησίων.

Lord, help Paul, protospatharios, judge of the Hippodrome and of the Thrakesioi.

Commentary

Zacos (Seals II, no. 1032) published another seal of the same type and roughly contemporary to this seal that belonged to a certain Paul. It recorded the same titles and offices as on the present specimen, with the difference being that on the Zacos seal he is mentioned as protospatharios epi tou Chrysotriklinou. He could therefore be identical to the owner of the present specimen, but at a later stage of his career.