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N. imperial spatharios and paraphylax of Amorion (seventh/eighth century)

 
 

Obverse

Cruciform invocative monogram (indeterminate type). In the quarters: ..Σ.|ΔΛ. No border visible.

Κύριε or Θεοτόκε βοήθει τῷ σ δούλῳ

Reverse

Inscription of at least six lines. No border visible.

Β /ΣΠ.
ΠΡΦΥ
ΛΚΙΤ
ΜΡΙ
.Υ

.. βασιλικῷ σπαθαρίῳ καὶ παραφύλακι τοῦ Ἀμωρίου

Obverse

Cruciform invocative monogram (indeterminate type). In the quarters: ..Σ.|ΔΛ. No border visible.

Κύριε or Θεοτόκε βοήθει τῷ σ δούλῳ

Reverse

Inscription of at least six lines. No border visible.

Β /ΣΠ.
ΠΡΦΥ
ΛΚΙΤ
ΜΡΙ
.Υ

.. βασιλικῷ σπαθαρίῳ καὶ παραφύλακι τοῦ Ἀμωρίου

Accession number BZS.1958.106.5103
Diameter 20.0 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 3, no. 88.3a.

Translation

Κύριε or Θεοτόκε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ ... βασιλικῷ σπαθαρίῳ καὶ παραφύλακι τοῦ Ἀμωρίου.

Lord or Mother of God, help your servant N., imperial spatharios and paraphylax of Amorion.

Commentary

Lettering is irregular and of very poor quality. The reading of this seal is much aided with reference to its counterpart from the same boulloterion: cf. BZS 1951.31.5.3164.

On Amorion and the seals of officials active there, see the commentary to BZS 1955.1.1528.