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Strategios (eleventh century)

Accession number BZS.1958.106.2911
Diameter 25 mm
Field diameter 10 mm
Condition Two imprints of the same die, offset.

Obverse

Bust of the Mother of God holding the Child in her right arm. Inscription on either side: Μ̅θυ̅: Μ(ήτηρ) Θ(εο)ῦ. Border of dots.

Reverse

Inscription of five lines, a cross above. Border of dots.

  
σεισ
παναγνε
στρατηγι
ονοικε
 την 

σῴζεις, Πάναγνε, Στρατήγιον οἰκέτην

Translation

σῴζεις, Πάναγνε, Στρατήγιον οἰκέτην.

May you, all-holy One, preserve your servant Strategios.

Commentary

A most unusual specimen in that the obverse and reverse of the flan have been struck twice with the same boulloterion. Both sides present the obverse and reverse of the seal. Note that the the dies were not on the same axis (there is about a 30 degree difference).

The verb σῴζεις is in the indicative mood but we take this as a homophonic error for the optative form σῴζοις which one would expect in a metrical invocation.