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Stephanos (?) imperial protospatharios and strategos of the Strymon (tenth century)

Accession number BZS.1958.106.5224
Diameter 25 mm
Condition Cracked along the channel (obv.).
Previous Editions

DO Seals 1, no. 37.5.

Obverse

Traces of a cruciform monogram; in the quarters: Τ.|ΔΛ. Border of dots.

Κύριε/Θεοτόκε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ

Reverse

Cruciform monogram composed of Τ at top; Ε and Ν in ligature at right; possibly  and Α in ligature at bottom; and a barely discernible Φ at the center. We assume that there was a Σ at left and read Στεφάνῳ. In the upper quarters ˋΑˋΣΠΑΘ,|.ΣΤΡΑΤΙ; in the lower quarters: .Τ,ΣΤΡΟΜ|.ΝΟΣ.

Στεφάνῳ (?) βασιλικῷ πρωτοσπαθαρίῳ καὶ στρατιγῷ τοῦ Στρομόνος

Translation

Κύριε/Θεοτόκε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ Στεφάνῳ (?) βασιλικῷ πρωτοσπαθαρίῳ καὶ στρατιγῷ τοῦ Στρομόνος.

Lord/Theotokos, help your servant Stephen (?) imperial protospatharios and strategos of the Stromon.

Commentary

The earliest textual mention of a strategos of the Strymon (also spelled Στρομών, Στρωμών) occurs in the Treatise of Philotheos (899; see Listes, 101, line 25). But we note that DO Seals 1, 37.2-3 definitely date before the mid-ninth century, about the time when the theme of Thessalonica was established (836 or earlier, 824: DO Seals 1, § 18). The theme of Strymon may originate in the late 840s, for, as noted by Lemerle and others, there is no mention of this theme in the Uspenskij Taktikon (842-843; see the discussion in Pertusi, De Thematibus, 166-67). On the upper hand, Serres, which would have served along with Christoupolis as the capital of the theme, was elevated from a bishopric to an archbishopric in the first half of the ninth century, a circumstance that may not be coincidental. In the eighth century, the Strymon was a kleisoura of Macedonia (De Them., chap. 3, line 2), but there was also an archon of the Strymon (DO Seals 1, no. 37.1).

Accession number BZS.1958.106.5224
Diameter 25 mm
Condition Cracked along the channel (obv.).
Previous Editions

DO Seals 1, no. 37.5.

Accession number BZS.1958.106.5224
Diameter 25 mm
Condition Cracked along the channel (obv.).
Previous Editions

DO Seals 1, no. 37.5.

Notes

Accession number BZS.1958.106.5224
Diameter 25 mm
Condition Cracked along the channel (obv.).
Previous Editions

DO Seals 1, no. 37.5.

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