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(George) Spanopoulos praitor (of Constantinople) (eleventh century)

Accession number BZS.1947.2.1280
Diameter 24 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 5 no. 28.1; Laurent, Corpus 2: no. 1144. Cf. Wassiliou-Seibt, Siegel mit metrischen Legenden II, no. 1569.


A military saint, likely St. George, riding a horse. No epigraphy or border visible.


Inscription of six lines. Border of dots.


Ὁ σὸς [τ]ύπος <σ>φρά[γι]σμα τοῦ συν[ω]νύμ(ου) (καὶ) πραίτορ(ος) τοῦ Σπανοπούλου


Ὁ σὸς τύπος σφράγισμα τοῦ συνωνύμου καὶ πραίτορος τοῦ Σπανοπούλου.

Your image is the seal of your namesake and praitor (George) Spanopoulos.


The first part of the inscription forms a nicely crafted metrical verse (ὁ σὸς τύπος σφράγισμα / τοῦ συνωνύμου).

Although the inscription contains no mention of Constantinople, we follow Laurent in attributing the specimen to the capital since the seal of a provincial praitor usually specifies the region where he held office. W. Seibt, in his review of DO Seals 5 (BZ 100 [2007]: 234), cautions against an automatic attribution, noting that not including a specific area of authority does not mean that an officer operated in Constantinople.

The family name is well attested. We know, for example, of a Michael Spanopoulos, judge of the Aigaion (BZS.1958.106.3299), a Nicholas Spanopoulos, judge of the Hippodrome and the Optimatoi (BZS.1958.106.2925), and a John Spanopoulos, judge of the Velum and of the Hippodrome and of Mesopotamia and anagrapheus (BZS.1955.1.3327). Cf. Seibt, Bleisiegel, 284–86.