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Malakenos anthypatos, patrikios, and strategos of Macedonia (tenth century)

Accession Number:
BZS.1958.106.1434

Previous Editions

DO Seals 1, no. 43.29.

Details

Diameter:
27 mm

Obverse

Malakenos anthypatos, patrikios, and strategos of Macedonia (tenth century)

Patriarchal cross on three steps with fleurons rising up to the first arm. On first crossing there is an X, while at each horizontal end of arm there is a pellet. Along the border of dots, remnants of an inscription.

Δ

Κύριε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ

Reverse

Malakenos anthypatos, patrikios, and strategos of Macedonia (tenth century)

Inscription of five lines followed by a pellet decoration. Border of dots.

ΜΛ.
ΚΝΘΥ.
ΠΤΡΙ..
.ΤΡΤ.
ΜΚΕ.


Μαλακηνῷ ἀνθυπάτῳ, πατρικίῳ καὶ στρατηγ Μακεδονίας

Translation

Κύριε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ Μαλακηνῷ ἀνθυπάτῳ, πατρικίῳ καὶ στρατηγῷ Μακεδονίας.

Lord, help your servant Malakenos anthypatos, patrikios, and strategos of Macedonia.

Audio

Commentary

The owner of this (and perhaps, of BZS.1955.1.2493 (?)) could well be the same person as the strategos of Longobardia of the same name (BZS.1955.1.1533), who died in 952; both strategoi bear the same honorific titles and the obverse of their seals have similar motifs. If this identification, which is by no means certain, is accepted, one should date the present specimen shortly before the appointment of Malakenos to Longobardia in 951.