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Palatinos imperial protospatharios and strategos of Taranta (tenth century)

Accession Number:
BZS.1958.106.1645

Previous Editions

DO Seals 4, no. 70.1.

Mentioned in Listes, 359. A photograph of this seal was published in N. Oikonomides, Byzantine Lead Seals (Washington D.C., 1985), no. 78.

Details

Diameter:
23 mm

Obverse

Palatinos imperial protospatharios and strategos of Taranta (tenth century)

Patriarchal cross (X at the lower crossbar) on two steps, with fleurons rising from the base beyond the upper crossbar. Circular inscription within a border of dots:

+κεRοηθειτσυλ

Κ(ύρι)ε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ

Reverse

Palatinos imperial protospatharios and strategos of Taranta (tenth century)

Inscription of five lines, a row of eight pellets below. No visible border.

+πλ
τιν,Rˊˊσπ
θˊστρ
τηγτ
ρντ 

Παλατίν(ῳ) β(ασιλικῷ) (πρωτο)σπαθ(αρίῳ) (καὶ) στρατηγ(ῷ) Τάραντα(ς)

Translation

Κύριε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ Παλατίνῳ βασιλικῷ πρωτοσπαθαρίῳ καὶ στρατηγῷ Τάραντας.

Lord, help your servant Palatinos, imperial protospatharios and strategos of Taranta.

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Commentary

The theme of Taranta, which took its name from a fortress situated by the Tohma-su, 4 km northwest of the modern Derende (80 km northwest of Melitene), is mentioned in the Escorial Taktikon (Listes, 267 and 359; “Organisation,” 290). Hild-Restle, Kappadokien, 290–91; Sinclair II, 499ff.

 

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