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John Nestongos, magistros and strategos (eleventh century)

 
 

Obverse

Bust of St. Theodore, nimbed with spear and shield. Sigla in columns on either side: |ΘΕ|Ο|Δ̣|Ρ,Τ|Ο|Σ||Ρ,Κ, : ὁ ἄ(γιος) Θεόδωρ(ος) το(ῦ) Σφωρ(α)κ(ίου). Border of dots.

Reverse

Inscription of seven lines beginning with a cross. Linear border.

Κ̅Ε̅,Θ,
ΤΣΔ
Ι̅ΜΑΓΙΣ
ΤΡΣΤΡΑ
ΤΗΓΤ
ΝΕΣ.ΟΓ
Γ

Κ(ύρι)ε β(οή)θ(ει) τῷ σῷ δού(λῳ) Ἰω(άννῃ) μαγίστρῳ (καὶ) στρατηγῷ τῷ Νεσ[τ]όγγῳ

Obverse

Bust of St. Theodore, nimbed with spear and shield. Sigla in columns on either side: |ΘΕ|Ο|Δ̣|Ρ,Τ|Ο|Σ||Ρ,Κ, : ὁ ἄ(γιος) Θεόδωρ(ος) το(ῦ) Σφωρ(α)κ(ίου). Border of dots.

Reverse

Inscription of seven lines beginning with a cross. Linear border.

Κ̅Ε̅,Θ,
ΤΣΔ
Ι̅ΜΑΓΙΣ
ΤΡΣΤΡΑ
ΤΗΓΤ
ΝΕΣ.ΟΓ
Γ

Κ(ύρι)ε β(οή)θ(ει) τῷ σῷ δού(λῳ) Ἰω(άννῃ) μαγίστρῳ (καὶ) στρατηγῷ τῷ Νεσ[τ]όγγῳ

Accession number BZS.1958.106.4245
Diameter 24.0 mm; field: 20.0 mm
Condition Apparent attempts at conservation in center of obverse and bottom-right quadrant of reverse.

Translation

Κύριε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ Ἰωάννῃ μαγίστρῳ καὶ στρατηγῷ τῷ Νεστόγγῳ.

Lord, help your servant John Nestongos, magistros and strategos.

Commentary

The reference to St Theodore (the Recruit) of the Sphorakion connects the owner to the church of this saint which stood in the district of the Sphorakion in Constantinople.