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Michael Syropoulos, vestiarites (eleventh/twelfth century)

 
 

Obverse

Inscription of five lines beginning with a cross. Border of dots.

νε
μοισμι
συρπλ
τηνχα
ριν

νέμοις Μιχαὴλ Συροπούλῳ τὴν χάριν

Reverse

Inscription of five lines. Border of dots.

ασ
ματν
πρτιε
εστια
ριτη

ἀσωμάτων πρώτιστε βεστιαρίτῃ

Obverse

Inscription of five lines beginning with a cross. Border of dots.

νε
μοισμι
συρπλ
τηνχα
ριν

νέμοις Μιχαὴλ Συροπούλῳ τὴν χάριν

Reverse

Inscription of five lines. Border of dots.

ασ
ματν
πρτιε
εστια
ριτη

ἀσωμάτων πρώτιστε βεστιαρίτῃ

Accession number BZS.1958.106.3582
Diameter 27.0 mm; field: 22.0 mm
Previous Editions

Cf. Wassiliou-Seibt, Siegel mit metrischen Legenden II, no. 1467.

Translation

Νέμοις Μιχαὴλ Συροπούλῳ τὴν χάριν ἀσωμάτων πρώτιστε βεστιαρίτῃ.

May you, foremost of the incorporeal beings, bestow grace on Michael Syropoulos, vestiarites.

Commentary

The vestiaritai formed a distinct unit of the imperial guard. First attested in the middle of the eleventh century, the office continued well into the fourteenth century.

The divinity addressed as "foremost of the incorporeal beings" is the archangel Michael.