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N. asekretis and judge of Nikopolis (tenth/eleventh century)

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.2447
Diameter 19 mm
Condition Blank too small for die.
Previous Editions

DO Seals 2, no. 2.4.
Seibt, Nikopolis, no. 10.


Cross on (at least two) steps; Χ on crossing. On either side fleuron rising to the top. Remnants of a circular inscription. No border visible.


Κύριε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλ


Inscription of four preserved lines. No border visible.


.....ῳ ἀσηκρῖτις καὶ κριτ Νικοπόλεος


Κύριε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ .....ῳ ἀσηκρῖτις καὶ κριτῇ Νικοπόλεος.

Lord, help your servant N., asekretis and judge of Nikopolis.


Seibt has read the first preserved line of the reverse and the beginning of the second line as: ..ῳ βασιλικῷ βεστίτωριΩ is clearly legible; the second letter is an uncertain Α that could as well be read as an ; the third letter, with its round contour, could be a Σ or an Ε but not as a . We therefore read ἀσηκρῆτις, a title often combined with that of thematic judge (e.g., no. 2.1 above); moreover, the title of imperial vestitor seems to have gone out of fashion by the middle of the 10th century (Listes, 296).