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Christophoros imperial protospatharios epi tou Chrysotriklinou and domestikos of the Optimatoi (tenth century)

Accession Number:
BZS.1958.106.1534

Previous Editions

DO Seals 3, no. 71.4.
Nesbitt, "Overstruck Seals in the Dumbarton Oaks Collection," SBS 2 (1991) 83-84.

Details

Diameter:
27 mm
Field:
24 mm
Condition:
Overstruck

Obverse

Christophoros imperial protospatharios epi tou Chrysotriklinou and domestikos of the Optimatoi (tenth century)

Cruciform invocative monogram: Θ in center, and Ω below, Κ at left, Ρ and Υ at the top, and Ι and Ε at right; in the quarters: ....ΔΛ|ΙΣΤΟΦΟΡ. Border of dots.

Κύριε βοήθει [τῷ σῷ] δούλῳ Χριστοφόρῳ

Reverse

Christophoros imperial protospatharios epi tou Chrysotriklinou and domestikos of the Optimatoi (tenth century)

Inscription of five lines. Border of dots.

+ˊˊΣΠΘ
ΕΠΙΤΟΥΧΡ.
ΣΟΤΡΙΚΛΙΝ
ΔΟΜΕΣΤ,.
ΟΠΤΙΜΤ,

β(ασιλικῷ) (πρωτο)σπαθ(αρίῳ) ἐπὶ τοῦ Χρ[υ]σοτρικλίνου καὶ δομεστ(ίκῳ) [τ(ῶν)] Ὀπτιμάτ(ων)

Translation

Κύριε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ Χριστοφόρῳ βασιλικῷ πρωτοσπαθαρίῳ ἐπὶ τοῦ Χρυσοτρικλίνου καὶ δομεστίκῳ τῶν Ὀπτιμάτων

Lord, help your servant Christophoros, imperial protospatharios, epi tou Chrysotriklinou, and domestikos of the Optimatoi.

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Commentary

Same owner as seal BZS.1947.2.961: same numbers, titles, date, and overall type of matrices.

Along the circumference of the obverse may be seen the following traces of the first strike: ΑΓΗΕΙΩΑΝ,: Ἅγηε Ἰωάν(νη) β(οήθει). On the reverse are preserved five partial lines of inscription: ΟΔ|ˊΣΠ|.ΕΣ|ΑΣΙ|Τ. One may recognize a name like [Θε]οδ[ώρῳ], [Θε]οδ[οσίῳ] etc., the title β(ασιλικῷ) σπ[αθαρίῳ] or (πρωτο)σπ[αθαρίῳ], and the office of ἀσι[κρή]τ(ῃ) or [πρωτο]ασι[κρή]τ(ῃ). But all this is tentative.

We know the seals of several other domestikoi of the Optimatoi: Sig., 244; Zacos-Veglery, no. 2669Aa; Zacos, Seals II, no. 815; the unpublished seal no. 204 of Vienna (TM 9 [1985] 188). But we feel that the restitution propsed in Laurent, Orghidan, no. 222, δο[μεστίκῳ θεοφυλ]άκτ(ων) [Ὀπ]τ(ι)μ[άτων] is unique and too bold to be accepted.

 

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