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Anastasios imperial spatharios and topoteretes of ... (ninth century)

 
 

Obverse

Cruciform invocative monogram (type V). In the quarters: σ|..λ . Wreath border.

Θεοτόκε βοήθει [τ]ῷ σῷ [δού]λῳ

Reverse

Inscription of four lines. Wreath border.

νστ
σιβσπ
Sτοπττ
.η̣ο̣υ̣.

Ἀναστασίῳ β(ασιλικῷ) σπ(αθαρίῳ) (καὶ) τοπ(ο)τ(ηρητῇ) τ(ῆς) ...

Obverse

Cruciform invocative monogram (type V). In the quarters: σ|..λ . Wreath border.

Θεοτόκε βοήθει [τ]ῷ σῷ [δού]λῳ

Reverse

Inscription of four lines. Wreath border.

νστ
σιβσπ
Sτοπττ
.η̣ο̣υ̣.

Ἀναστασίῳ β(ασιλικῷ) σπ(αθαρίῳ) (καὶ) τοπ(ο)τ(ηρητῇ) τ(ῆς) ...

Accession number BZS.1958.106.5346
Diameter 25.0 mm
Condition Struck off center

Translation

Θεοτόκε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ Ἀναστασίῳ βασιλικῷ σπαθαρίῳ καὶ τοποτηρητῇ ...

Mother of God, help your servant Anastasios, imperial spatharios and topoteretes of ...

Commentary

The partially preserved last line of the reverse prevents a complete reading of the inscription. Nor is it clear how the abbreviations in the penultimate line are to be read, but we may surmise that the final part of the inscription contained a placename indicating where the owner performed his duties as topoteretes.