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Veken protospatharios and strategos of Balaneos (tenth/eleventh centuries)

 
 

Obverse

Bust of St. George holding a spear in his right hand and a shield in his left hand. Inscription in two columns: |ΓΕ|Γ|Η|ΟΣ : Ὁ ἅ(γιος) Γεώ[ρ]γηος. No border visible.

Reverse

Inscription of five lines followed by an ornament. Border of dots.

Κ̅Ε̅,Θ,
ΕΚΕΝ
ΣΠΘ,ϗ
ΣΤΡ,Τ,,
ΛΝ,


Κ(ύρι)ε β(οή)θ(ει) Βεκὲν (πρωτο)σπαθ(αρίῳ) (καὶ) στρ(ατηγῷ) τ(οῦ) Β(α)λαν(έως)

Obverse

Bust of St. George holding a spear in his right hand and a shield in his left hand. Inscription in two columns: |ΓΕ|Γ|Η|ΟΣ : Ὁ ἅ(γιος) Γεώ[ρ]γηος. No border visible.

Reverse

Inscription of five lines followed by an ornament. Border of dots.

Κ̅Ε̅,Θ,
ΕΚΕΝ
ΣΠΘ,ϗ
ΣΤΡ,Τ,,
ΛΝ,


Κ(ύρι)ε β(οή)θ(ει) Βεκὲν (πρωτο)σπαθ(αρίῳ) (καὶ) στρ(ατηγῷ) τ(οῦ) Β(α)λαν(έως)

Accession number BZS 1951.31.5.240
Diameter 23.0 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 5 no. 15.1.

Translation

Κύριε βοήθει Βεκὲν πρωτοσπαθαρίῳ καὶ στρατηγῷ τοῦ Βαλανέως.

Lord, help Veken protospatharios and strategos of Balaneos.

Commentary

The owner’s name suggests Armenian or Georgian ancestry. A Βηκἐν (first name), strategos of Sasoun, is known from a late eleventh-century seal (see V. Shandrovskaia, “Popravki i dopolneniia k ‘Katalogu Molivdovulov’ B. A. Panchenko,” VizVrem 38 (1977): 115) Seibt correctly revised the dating of the seal and identified Sasoun as a region south of Taron (BZ 71 [1978]: 289; cf. SBS 5 [1998]: 132). We also note the eleventh century seal of a Παγκράτιος Βηκένης (here a family name), discovered in Preslav and published by Jordanov, Preslav, nos. 399–400.