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Christophoros (?) patrikios, imperial protospatharios, and strategos of Macedonia (ninth century)

 
 

Obverse

Cruciform invocative monogram (indeterminate type); in the quarters: Τ..|Δ... Wreath border.

Θεοτόκε/Κύριε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ

Reverse

Inscription of at least five lines. Wreath border.

....
ΦΟΡΠ
ΒΣΠ
ΡΤΜ
..

Χριστοφόρῳ πατρικίῳ, βασιλικῷ πρωτοσπαθαρίῳ καὶ στρατηγῷ Μακεδονίας

Obverse

Cruciform invocative monogram (indeterminate type); in the quarters: Τ..|Δ... Wreath border.

Θεοτόκε/Κύριε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ

Reverse

Inscription of at least five lines. Wreath border.

....
ΦΟΡΠ
ΒΣΠ
ΡΤΜ
..

Χριστοφόρῳ πατρικίῳ, βασιλικῷ πρωτοσπαθαρίῳ καὶ στρατηγῷ Μακεδονίας

Accession number BZS.1958.106.4491
Diameter 27.0 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 1, no. 43.26.
Zacos-Veglery, no. 1793b.

Translation

Θεοτόκε/Κύριε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ Χριστοφόρῳ πατρικίῳ, βασιλικῷ πρωτοσπαθαρίῳ καὶ στρατηγῷ Μακεδονίας.

Theotokos/Lord, help your servant Christophoros patrikios, imperial protospatharios and strategos of Macedonia.

Commentary

This seal and BZS.1958.106.2204 may have belonged to the same person but are obviously from different boulloteria. The first name on the present seal could just as well be read as Νικηφόρῳ.