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Isoes imperial mandator (ninth century)

 
 

Obverse

Cruciform invocative monogram (type V); in the quarters: τσ|λ . Wreath border.

Θεοτόκε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ

Reverse

Inscription of three lines. Wreath border.

ηση
βμν
τορη

Ἠσώῃ β(ασιλικῷ) μανδάτορη

Obverse

Cruciform invocative monogram (type V); in the quarters: τσ|λ . Wreath border.

Θεοτόκε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ

Reverse

Inscription of three lines. Wreath border.

ηση
βμν
τορη

Ἠσώῃ β(ασιλικῷ) μανδάτορη

Accession number BZS.1958.106.5600
Diameter 28.0 mm; field: 25.0 mm
Previous Editions

Zacos–Veglery, no. 1878; Laurent, Corpus 2: no. 267.

Translation

Θεοτόκε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ Ἠσώῃ βασιλικῷ μανδάτορη.

Theotokos, help your servant Isoes imperial mandator.

Commentary

Another seal belonging to Isoes imperial spatharios (BZS.1958.106.2803) is very similar in style and date to the present specimen, and probably represents a later stage in this individual’s career.

Other, earlier seals with the name Isoes include one of a patrikios and quaestor (Laurent, Corpus 2: no. 1096); an imperial kandidatos and komes tes kortes (M-12393 = Sokolova, VV 52 [1991]: 212, no. 49); and several belonging to a patrikios and komes of the Opsikion (e.g., BZS.1958.106.807).