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John protospatharios, mystolektes, judge of the Velum and of the Armenian themes (?) (eleventh century)

Accession Number:
BZS.1958.106.1505

Previous Editions

DO Seals 4, no. 56.4.

W. Seibt, "Ἀρμενικὰ θέματα", 135, no. 8.

Details

Diameter:
29 mm
Condition:
Chipped at the bottom.

Obverse

John protospatharios, mystolektes, judge of the Velum and of the Armenian themes (?) (eleventh century)

Bust of the Virgin holding the Christ child on her left arm. Sigla: ..-θ̅υ : [Μήτηρ] Θ(εο)ῦ. Border of dots.

Reverse

John protospatharios, mystolektes, judge of the Velum and of the Armenian themes (?) (eleventh century)

Inscription of six lines. Border of dots.

θκεR,θ,
ι̅ω̅α̅σπαθ,
μυστ,λεκτ,
κριτ,τRλ
α...
ν

Θ(εοτό)κε β(οή)θ(ει) Ἰω(άννῃ) (πρωτο)σπαθ(αρίῳ), μυστ(ο)λέκτ(ῃ), κριτ(ῇ) τοῦ β(ή)λ(ου) (καὶ) τ(ῶν) Ἀ[ρμε]ν[ικῶν θεμάτων (?)].

Translation

Θεοτόκε βοήθει Ἰωάννῃ πρωτοσπαθαρίῳ, μυστολέκτῃ, κριτῇ τοῦ βήλου καὶ τῶν Ἀρμενικῶν θεμάτων.

Mother of God, help John, protospatharios, mystolektes, judge of the Velum and of the Armenian themes.

Audio

Commentary

The restitution of the last line is based on the space between α and ν and the number of letters following ν, too many for Ἀρμενιακῶν.

 

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