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Elias spatharios and taxiarches of Sebasteia (eleventh century)

 
 

Obverse

Bust of St. Michael, holding a long scepter in his right hand and a globus in his left hand. Traces of an inscription at right: χ : [Μ(ι)χ(αήλ). Border of dots.

Reverse

Inscription of six lines. Border of dots.

+κεR,θ,
ηληασπ
αθαρ,Sτα
ξιαρχι
σεRασ
τ

Κ(ύρι)ε β(οή)θ(ει) Ἠλήᾳ σπαθαρ(ίῳ) (καὶ) ταξιάρχι Σεβαστ(είας)

Obverse

Bust of St. Michael, holding a long scepter in his right hand and a globus in his left hand. Traces of an inscription at right: χ : [Μ(ι)χ(αήλ). Border of dots.

Reverse

Inscription of six lines. Border of dots.

+κεR,θ,
ηληασπ
αθαρ,Sτα
ξιαρχι
σεRασ
τ

Κ(ύρι)ε β(οή)θ(ει) Ἠλήᾳ σπαθαρ(ίῳ) (καὶ) ταξιάρχι Σεβαστ(είας)

Accession number BZS.1958.106.3659
Diameter 21.0 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 4, no. 49.1.

Translation

Κύριε βοήθει Ἠλήᾳ σπαθαρίῳ καὶ ταξιάρχι Σεβαστείας.

Lord, help Elias, spatharios and taxiarches of Sebasteia.

Commentary

The taxiarches was the commander of one thousand infantrymen. See N. Oikonomides, "Ὁ ταξιάρχης Κρήτης," 'Αριάδνη 5 (1989) 119-24.

Today Sivas, Sebasteia was a kleisoura before 908 and is attested as a theme by 911. Cf. Listes, 349; Hild-Restle, Kappadokien, 274-76; Sinclair II, 296 ff, 526-527; Mikra Asia them., 331-335, 491 (E. Kountoura-Galake).