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Theodore imperial spatharios (eighth/ninth century)

 
 

Obverse

Cruciform invocative monogram of Θεοτόκε βοήθει (type V?). In the quarters: Τ..|Δ.. : τῷ [σῷ] δού[λῳ]. Wreathed border.

Reverse

Inscription of four lines. Wreathed border.

.εο
..βασι̣
...σπα
...ι̣

[Θ]εο[δώρῳ] (or [Θ]εο[δοσίῳ]) βασι[λικῷ] σπα[θαρ]ίῳ

Obverse

Cruciform invocative monogram of Θεοτόκε βοήθει (type V?). In the quarters: Τ..|Δ.. : τῷ [σῷ] δού[λῳ]. Wreathed border.

Reverse

Inscription of four lines. Wreathed border.

.εο
..βασι̣
...σπα
...ι̣

[Θ]εο[δώρῳ] (or [Θ]εο[δοσίῳ]) βασι[λικῷ] σπα[θαρ]ίῳ

Accession number BZS.1958.106.4194
Diameter 30.0 mm
Condition Broken; half preserved.

Translation

Θεοτόκε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ Θεοδώρῳ βασιλικῷ σπαθαρίῳ.

Mother of God, help your servant Theodore, imperial spatharios.

Commentary

We restore the owner's name as Theodore, but it could as well be Theodosios or, less likely, Theophylaktos.