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Basil (?) Blemmydes (?), imperial protospatharios and anagrapheus of the Armeniakoi (tenth century)

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.1102
Diameter 24 mm
Condition Broken along the channel. Half missing.
Previous Editions

DO Seals 4, no. 21.1.

Obverse

St. Michael standing, holding a labarum. Part of an inscription at left:

ρχηστρτη

Ἀρχηστράτη[γε βοήθει]

Reverse

Inscription of five lines, a row of crosslets below. Border of dots.

R
,επη
νγ
ρμεν
Rλεμ

[Βασι]λ(είῳ ?) β(ασιλικῷ) [(πρωτο)σπαθ(αρίῳ)] ἐπὴ [τ.....καὶ] ἀναγ[ραφεῖ τῶν] Ἀρμεν[ιακῶν τῷ] Βλεμ(μύδῃ ?).

Translation

Ἀρχηστράτηγε βοήθει Βασιλείῳ βασιλικῷ πρωτοσπαθαρίῳ ἐπὴ [...] καὶ ἀναγραφεῖ τῶν Ἀρμενιακῶν τῷ Βλεμμύδῃ.

Commander of the heavenly host, help Basil Blemmydes, imperial protospatharios of [...] and anagrapheus of the Armeniakoi.

Commentary

The owner’s first name is probably not Michael, because there is an abbreviation sign after Λ on line 1; Βασίλειος is likely. The restoration of the family name is also uncertain. The owner was most probably a protospatharios and belonged to one of the palatine associations of holders of his rank (such as those of the Chrysotriklinos, of the oikeiakoi, of the hetaireia, etc. cf. N. Oikonomides, "Pour une nouvelle lecture des inscriptions de Skripou en Béotie," TM 12 [1994] 486-488), but we do not know to which one.

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.1102
Diameter 24 mm
Condition Broken along the channel. Half missing.
Previous Editions

DO Seals 4, no. 21.1.

Notes

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.1102
Diameter 24 mm
Condition Broken along the channel. Half missing.
Previous Editions

DO Seals 4, no. 21.1.

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