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Michael protospatharios, mystographos, and judge of the Hippodrome of Boleron, Strymon, and Thessalonica (eleventh century)

Accession Number:
BZS.1958.106.2529

Previous Editions

DO Seals 1, no. 18.25a.
Cf. another specimen from the same boulloterion, published in Zacos, Seals II, no. 594.

Details

Diameter:
25 mm

Obverse

Michael protospatharios, mystographos, and judge of the Hippodrome of Boleron, Strymon, and Thessalonica (eleventh century)

Bust of St. Michael holding scepter surmounted by trefoil ornament, and globus surmounted by a long cross. Visible at right: Χ: Μιχαήλ. No visible border.

Reverse

Michael protospatharios, mystographos, and judge of the Hippodrome of Boleron, Strymon, and Thessalonica (eleventh century)

Inscription of seven lines, the final two letters between horizontal bars. Border of dots.

.ΙΧΑΗΛΑ
ΣΠΑΘ,ΜΥΣΤΟ
ΓΡΑΦΚΡΙΤΗ
.Π,ΤΙΟΔΡ,
.ΟΛΕΡ,ΣΤΡ,ΜΟ
ΘΕΣΑΛΟ
Ν,Κ,

Μιχαὴλ πρωτοσπαθαρίῳ, μυστογράφῳ, κριτῇ π τοῦ Ἱπποδρόμου Βολεροῦ, Στρυμόνος καὶ Θεσαλονίκης

Translation

Μιχαὴλ πρωτοσπαθαρίῳ, μυστογράφῳ, κριτῇ ἐπὶ τοῦ Ἱπποδρόμου Βολεροῦ, Στρυμόνος καὶ Θεσαλονίκης.

Michael protospatharios, mystographos, judge of the Hippodrome of Boleron, Strymon, and Thessalonica.

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Commentary

It is possible that the owner of this seal was the protospatharios (?) and judge Michael Serblias, who favored the bishop of Ezova at the expense of the monastery of Iviron, most probably short after 1029: Iviron II, no. 34, line 7 and notes, p. 94 (document of 1062: published, with erroneous reading of Michael's title, in Dölger, Schatzkammern, no. 57).

 

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