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Pothos Argyros, magistros (eleventh century)

 
 

Obverse

St. Michael standing, holding the sceptre and globus. Details obscure. Along the circumference, an inscription beginning at seven o'clock. Border of dots.

ΘΙΤΣΟΟΥ.

[... βοή]θι τῷ σο δού[λ(ῳ)]

Reverse

Inscription of four lines beginning with a cross. Border of dots.

ΠΟΘ̣
ΜΑΓΙΣ̣Τ̣
ΡΟΤ̣ΑΡ
ΓΥΡΟ

Πόθῳ μαγίστρο τῷ Ἀργυρο

Obverse

St. Michael standing, holding the sceptre and globus. Details obscure. Along the circumference, an inscription beginning at seven o'clock. Border of dots.

ΘΙΤΣΟΟΥ.

[... βοή]θι τῷ σο δού[λ(ῳ)]

Reverse

Inscription of four lines beginning with a cross. Border of dots.

ΠΟΘ̣
ΜΑΓΙΣ̣Τ̣
ΡΟΤ̣ΑΡ
ΓΥΡΟ

Πόθῳ μαγίστρο τῷ Ἀργυρο

Accession number BZS.1958.106.904
Diameter 24.0 mm
Previous Editions

J.-C. Cheynet, "Par Saint Georges, par Saint Michel," TM 14 (2002), 129-30.

Translation

[... βοή]θι τῷ σο δού[λ(ῳ)] Πόθῳ μαγίστρο τῷ Ἀργυρο.

[Commander of the heavenly host], help your servant, the magistros Pothos Argyros.

Commentary

Cheynet proposes that the owner may have been a son of the Basil Argyros who sided with Isaac Komnenos' rebellion in 1057.