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N. imperial protospatharios and strategos of Chasanara (?) .... (tenth century)

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.1904
Diameter 28 mm
Field diameter 22 mm
Condition Half missing. Reused.
Previous Editions

DO Seals 4, no. 80.1.


A griffin, turned to right. Circle of pellets within a double border of dots.


Inscription (of five lines?). Border of dots.


...ανο... β(ασιλικῷ) (πρωτο)σπ[αθαρίῳ καὶ σ]τρατ(ηγῷ) [Χασ]αναρ(ᾶ) ...


...ανο... βασιλικῷ πρωτοσπαθαρίῳ καὶ στρατηγῷ Χασαναρᾶ ...

...ano..., imperial protospatharios and strategos of Chasanara.


Traces of letters from an understrike are observable on the obverse. At the end of the fifth line on the reverse, seemingly μ followed by a lunate letter, either an ε or σ. This could belong to a family name or to a second place-name.

The placename Χασαναρᾶ is attested in the Taktikon of Escorial and seems to be a Greek deformation of the Arabic Hisn ar-Ran, today Siverek, between Samosata and Diyarbekir. It was conquered by the Byzantines after 956 and became the seat of a small strategos before the early seventies of the Xth century. See Listes, 269, l. 7 and 362 and N. Oikonomidès, “Organisation," 291.