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Olbianos imperial spatharios and strategos of Macedonia (ninth century)

Accession Number:
BZS.1958.106.1411

Previous Editions

DO Seals 1, no. 43.31.

Details

Diameter:
29 mm
Condition:
Struck off-center.

Obverse

Olbianos imperial spatharios and strategos of Macedonia (ninth century)

Cruciform invocative monogram (type V); in the quarters: ΤΣ.|ΔΛ. Wreath border.

Θεοτόκε βοήθει τῷ σ δούλῳ

Reverse

Olbianos imperial spatharios and strategos of Macedonia (ninth century)

Inscription of four lines. Wreath border.

..ΛΒΙ
.ΒΣΠΘ
.ΣΤΡΜ
ΚΕΔΟΝ

λβιανῷ βασιλικῷ σπαθαρίῳ (καὶ) στρατηγῷ Μακεδονίας

Translation

Θεοτόκε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ Ὀλβιανῷ βασιλικῷ σπαθαρίῳ καὶ στρατηγῷ Μακεδονίας.

Theotokos, help your servant Olbianos imperial spatharios and strategos of Macedonia.

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Commentary

Because the name Olbianos is rare and this seal belongs to the early ninth century, one is tempted to propose that its owner later became the famous strategos of the Armeniakon Olbianos, who consistently supported Michael II against the rebel Thomas the Slav: Treadgold, Revival, 227-30, 236, 240, 425.

 

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