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Anna strategissa (eleventh century)

 
 

Obverse

St. Theodore the Recruit standing in military garb holding spear and shield. Vertical sigla to either side: |.ε|ο|δ̣..|ηρ̣|ο,: ὁ ἅ(γιος) [Θ]εόδ(ωρος) [ὁ Τ]ήρο(ν). Indeterminate border.

Reverse

Inscription of five lines beginning with a cross. Border of dots.

ke̅
t..ση.
δ..λη.
νστρ.
γηση

Κ(ύρι)ε β(οή)[θ(ει)] τ[ὴν] σὴν δ(ού)λῃ Ἄ[ν]αν στρα[τ(η)]γήσῃ

Obverse

St. Theodore the Recruit standing in military garb holding spear and shield. Vertical sigla to either side: |.ε|ο|δ̣..|ηρ̣|ο,: ὁ ἅ(γιος) [Θ]εόδ(ωρος) [ὁ Τ]ήρο(ν). Indeterminate border.

Reverse

Inscription of five lines beginning with a cross. Border of dots.

ke̅
t..ση.
δ..λη.
νστρ.
γηση

Κ(ύρι)ε β(οή)[θ(ει)] τ[ὴν] σὴν δ(ού)λῃ Ἄ[ν]αν στρα[τ(η)]γήσῃ

Accession number BZS.1958.106.4187
Diameter 21.0 mm
Condition Cracked along channel with pit along channel on reverse.

Translation

Κύριε βοήθει τὴν σὴν δούλῃ Ἄναν στρατηγήσῃ.

Lord, help your servant Anna, strategissa.

Commentary

This is a rare example of a seal bearing the title of strategissa, in other words, "wife of a strategos."

Note the discrepancy in case endings in the inscription.