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Theodosios imperial spatharios (ninth century)

 
 

Obverse

Cruciform invocative monogram (type V); in the quarters: .Σ|.Λ. Thin wreath border.

Θεοτόκε βοήθει [τ]ῷ σῷ [δ]ούλῳ

Reverse

Inscription of three lines. A cross between fleurons below. Thin wreath border.

ΘΕΟ̣
Ο̣ΣΙΒ⸉Π̣
ΘΡΙ
  

Θεοδοσίῳ β(ασιλικῷ) σπαθαρίῳ

Obverse

Cruciform invocative monogram (type V); in the quarters: .Σ|.Λ. Thin wreath border.

Θεοτόκε βοήθει [τ]ῷ σῷ [δ]ούλῳ

Reverse

Inscription of three lines. A cross between fleurons below. Thin wreath border.

ΘΕΟ̣
Ο̣ΣΙΒ⸉Π̣
ΘΡΙ
  

Θεοδοσίῳ β(ασιλικῷ) σπαθαρίῳ

Accession number BZS.1958.106.4267
Diameter 26.0 mm

Translation

Θεοτόκε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ Θεοδοσίῳ βασιλικῷ σπαθαρίῳ.

Theotokos, help your servant Theodosios imperial spatharios.

Commentary

Two other seals seem to be related to this specimen. BZS.1958.106.2831 and BZS.1958.106.4267 appear to be parallels. Although the present specimen differs slightly and seems to come from a different boulloterion, it has an identical arrangement of letters and decoration, and so all three seals should be assigned to the same individual.