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Pothos imperial protospatharios and strategos of Hellas (ninth/tenth century)

Accession Number:
BZS.1958.106.1274

Previous Editions

DO Seals 2, no. 8.52a.

Details

Diameter:
28 mm
Field:
20 mm
Condition:
Breaks at both ends of channel.

Obverse

Pothos imperial protospatharios and strategos of Hellas (ninth/tenth century)

Patriarchal cross on three steps. Circular inscription along the circumference between a double border of dots.

ΚΕΟΗΘΗΤΣ..Λ

Κύριε βοήθη τῷ σῷ δούλῳ

Reverse

Pothos imperial protospatharios and strategos of Hellas (ninth/tenth century)

Inscription of four lines. Border of dots.

ΠΟΘ
ΑΣΠΘ
ΚˊΣΤΡΑΤ
ΕΛΛΑΔˊ

Πόθῳ βασιλικῷ πρωτοσπαθαρίῳ καὶ στρατηγῷ Ἑλλάδος

Translation

Κύριε βοήθη τῷ σῷ δούλῳ Πόθῳ βασιλικῷ πρωτοσπαθαρίῳ καὶ στρατηγῷ Ἑλλάδος.

Lord, help your servant Pothos, imperial protospatharios and strategos of Hellas.

Audio

Commentary

Line 2 (rev.): no abbreviation sign after Π. Line 3 (rev.): the letter Κ has its lower oblique bar twisted at the end, obviously to indicate the existence of an abbreviation (cf. no. 8.41 above). A strategos of Hellas named Pothos is mentioned (ca. 946) in the Life of St. Luke (ed. D. Sophianos [Athens, 1989], 199, cf. 51-52).

 

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