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Michael patrikios, imperial protospatharios and strategos of the Thrakesioi (eighth century)

Accession Number:
BZS.1958.106.2430

Previous Editions

DO Seals 3, no. 2.47.

Zacos-Veglery, no. 2190.

Details

Diameter:
28 mm
Condition:
Carefully engraved, with a particularly delicate wreath border.

Obverse

Michael patrikios, imperial protospatharios and strategos of the Thrakesioi (eighth century)

Cruciform invocative monogram (Type VIII); in the quarters: τ-σ|δ-λ. Wreath border.

Κύριε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ

Reverse

Michael patrikios, imperial protospatharios and strategos of the Thrakesioi (eighth century)

Inscription of five lines preceded and followed by decoration. No visible border.


μιχηλ
πτρικ/β
/.π/Sστρ
νθρ
κησιν


Μιχαὴλ πατρικ(ίῳ), βα[σ(ιλικῷ)] (πρωτο)[σ]πα(θαρίῳ) (καὶ) στρα[τ(ηγῷ)] τῶν Θρ[ᾳ]κησίων.

Translation

Κύριε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ Μιχαὴλ πατρικίῳ, βασιλικῷ πρωτοσπαθαρίῳ καὶ στρατηγῷ τῶν Θρᾳκησίων.

Lord, help your servant Michael patrikios, imperial protospatharios and strategos of the Thrakesioi.

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Commentary

Despite the difference in quality, this seal and BZS.1947.2.181 likely belonged to the same person. It is difficult not to think of the famous Michael Lachanodrakon, who was appointed strategos of the Thrakesion in 766/767 (Theophanes I, 440; maybe earlier, according to the Life of St. Stephen the Younger); he persecuted the iconophile monks, still held this position in 778 (Theophanes I, 451), later became magistros (and will thus have been patrikios, as the owner of the present seal), and was killed by the Bulgars in 791 (Thephanes I, 468).

 

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