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Maurianos archon of Lydia (seventh/eighth century)

 
 

Obverse

Cruciform invocative monogram (type V); in each quarter, a star. Wreath border.

Reverse

Inscription of five lines. Wreath border.

+μα
ρι.νω
αρχων
τιλυη
ασ+

Θεοτόκε βοήθει Μαυρι[α]νῷ ἄρχωντι Λυδήας

Obverse

Cruciform invocative monogram (type V); in each quarter, a star. Wreath border.

Reverse

Inscription of five lines. Wreath border.

+μα
ρι.νω
αρχων
τιλυη
ασ+

Θεοτόκε βοήθει Μαυρι[α]νῷ ἄρχωντι Λυδήας

Accession number BZS.1958.106.4297
Diameter 27.0 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 3, no. 24.1.

Zacos-Veglery, no. 1489 (name misread as Hadrian; dated seventh century).

Translation

Θεοτόκε βοήθει Μαυριανῷ ἄρχωντι Λυδήας.

Mother of God, help Maurianos, archon of Lydia.

Commentary

For the seal of Thalassios stratelates and archon of Lydia (eighth century), see H. Voegtli, Die Fundmünzen aus der Stadtgrabung von Pergamon (Pergamenische Forschungen 8) (Berlin-New York, 1993), 72, no. K 1014.

The Roman province of Lydia kept its name and its administrative prerogative until the ninth century even though the theme of the Thrakesion had by then been long in existence.