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Philommates patrikios, imperial protospatharios and strategos of the Armeniakoi (ninth/tenth century)

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.570
Diameter 28 mm
Field diameter 21 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 4, no. 22.48.

Obverse

Bust of the Virgin holding a medallion before her. Circular inscription within concentric circles of dots:

θκεRοηθτσδ/

Θ(εοτό)κε βοήθ(ει) τῷ σῷ δ(ούλῳ)

Reverse

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

+φιλο
.τ,πτ
ρ,R,,σπ
θ,Sστρτι
γ,τ,ρμε


Φιλο[μ]άτ(ῃ) πατρ(ικίῳ), β(ασιλικῷ) (πρωτο)σπαθ(αρίῳ) (καὶ) στρατιγ(ῷ) τ(ῶν) Ἀρμε(νιακῶν)

Translation

Θεοτόκε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ Φιλομάτῃ πατρικίῳ, βασιλικῷ πρωτοσπαθαρίῳ καὶ στρατιγῷ τῶν Ἀρμενιακῶν.

Mother of God, help your servant Philommates patrikios, imperial protospatharios and strategos of the Armeniakoi.

Commentary

The owner's name could also be Φιλο[π]άτης or, less probably for the period, Φιλόπατρις. The name Φιλομμάτης is attested in the late ninth century: he was an hikanatos who found the relic of St. Menas (see Syn. Eccl. CP, 470).

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.570
Diameter 28 mm
Field diameter 21 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 4, no. 22.48.

Notes

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.570
Diameter 28 mm
Field diameter 21 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 4, no. 22.48.

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