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John patrikios, (imperial) protospatharios and strategos of Sicily (tenth century)

 
 

Obverse

Peacock with tail outspread. Circular inscription starting at 12 o'clock. No visible border.

.........ΣΔΟΥΛΟ

Κύριε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλο

Reverse

Inscription of six lines. Border of dots.

ΑΝ
ΤΡ,ΚΙ
ΠΑΘΑ
ΤΡΑ
ΣΙΚ
ΑΣ

Ἰωάννῃ πατρικίῳ, βασιλικῷ πρωτοσπαθαρί καὶ στρατηγῷ Σικελίας

Obverse

Peacock with tail outspread. Circular inscription starting at 12 o'clock. No visible border.

.........ΣΔΟΥΛΟ

Κύριε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλο

Reverse

Inscription of six lines. Border of dots.

ΑΝ
ΤΡ,ΚΙ
ΠΑΘΑ
ΤΡΑ
ΣΙΚ
ΑΣ

Ἰωάννῃ πατρικίῳ, βασιλικῷ πρωτοσπαθαρί καὶ στρατηγῷ Σικελίας

Accession number BZS.1955.1.4490
Diameter 23.0 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 1, no. 5.17.
Cf. The seal of a "Giovanni patrizio e protospatario" is mentioned in Amari I, 338 note 1.

Translation

Κύριε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλο Ἰωάννῃ πατρικίῳ, βασιλικῷ πρωτοσπαθαρίῳ καὶ στρατηγῷ Σικελίας.

Lord, help your servant John patrikios, imperial protospatharios and strategos of Sicily.

Commentary

After 902 the strategoi of Sicily resided in Calabria; consequently it is conceivable that the owner of this seal is John Byzalon or Mouzalon, known (from Skylitzes, 263) as strategos of Calabria in 921/2 (Falkenhausen, Dominazione, 102-3, no. 68).