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Strategios imperial spatharios and paraphylax of Nicaea (ninth century)

Accession Number:
BZS.1958.106.2929

Previous Editions

DO Seals 3, no. 59.4.

Details

Diameter:
27 mm
Condition:
Crack along channel.

Obverse

Strategios imperial spatharios and paraphylax of Nicaea (ninth century)

Cruciform invocative monogram (type VIII). In the quarters: ΤΣ|ΔΛ. Wreath border.

Θεοτόκε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ

Reverse

Strategios imperial spatharios and paraphylax of Nicaea (ninth century)

Inscription of four lines. Wreath border.

+ΣΤΡΤ
ΗΓΙΣΠ
ΘΠΡΦ
ΥΛ/ΝΙΚΕ

Στρατηγίῳ β(ασιλικῷ) σπαθ(αρίῳ) (καὶ) παραφύλ(ακι) Νικέα(ς)

Translation

Θεοτόκε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ Στρατηγίῳ βασιλικῷ σπαθαρίῳ καὶ παραφύλακι Νικέας.

Mother of God, help your servant Strategios, imperial spatharios and paraphylax of Nicaea.

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Commentary

The title of paraphylax seems to designate the military commander of a fortified city, often, but not necessarily, a port. See Listes, 343; Zacos-Veglery, 1201.

 

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