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Alexios domestikos of Samos (?) (tenth/eleventh century)

Accession number BZS.1947.2.145
Diameter 21 mm
Field diameter 19 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 4, no. 85.1.

Obverse

Bust of St. Nicholas blessing with his right hand and, probably, holding a book. Inscription: |ν-κ : Ὁ ἅ(γιος) Ν(ι)κ(όλαος). Circular inscription along the border of dots.

κεRοι...σδ,

Κ(ύρι)ε βοΐ[θει τ]ῷ σῷ δ(ούλῳ)

Reverse

Inscription of four lines, preceded and followed by an ornament. Border of dots.


+αλε
ξιοσδ
μεστικ
τισαμˊ

Ἀλέξιος δωμέστικ(ος) τῖς Σάμ(ου) (?)

Translation

Κύριε βοΐθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ. Ἀλέξιος δωμέστικος τῖς Σάμου.

Lord, help your servant. Alexios, domestikos of Samos.

Commentary

This is undoubtedly a theme domestikos. In the last line we have a not uncommon haplography, the engraver having omitted one of the two successive σ. The attribution to the theme of Samos rather than to a city starting with Αμ (such as Ἀμισός, Ἀμάσεια, etc.) is based on the fact that one expects the name of a theme and not of a city (unless Alexios were an ecclesiastical domestikos) and that names of cities are usually mentioned without the definite article while the name of the theme of Samos is almost always mentioned with the article.  

Accession number BZS.1947.2.145
Diameter 21 mm
Field diameter 19 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 4, no. 85.1.

Accession number BZS.1947.2.145
Diameter 21 mm
Field diameter 19 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 4, no. 85.1.

Notes

Accession number BZS.1947.2.145
Diameter 21 mm
Field diameter 19 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 4, no. 85.1.

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