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Marianos imperial protospatharios and eparchos of the City (tenth century)

Accession number BZS 1951.31.5.2210
Diameter 30 mm
Field diameter 24 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 5 no. 22.4; Laurent, Corpus 2: no. 1009 (tenth century, second half).

Obverse

Patriarchal cross on three steps with vine tendrils rising from the base up to the lower transverse bar. Circular inscription in which these letters are preserved: .......ΟΣΚΕΤΟΥΗΛΕΟΝΤ,ΔΕΣΠΟΤ: Only the final two words can be read with certainty: Λέοντ(ος) δεσπότ(ου), "of the emperor Leo." Border of dots.

Reverse

Inscription of five lines preceded by four pellets. Border of dots.


ΜΑΡΙ
ΑΝΟΣΑΣΠ
ΑΘΑΡΗΟΣϗ.
ΠΑΡΧ...
ΟΛΕ..

Μαριανὸς β(ασιλικὸς) (πρωτο)σπαθάρηος (καὶ) [ἔ]παρχ[ος Π]όλε[ως].

Translation

Μαριανὸς βασιλικὸς πρωτοσπαθάρηος καὶ ἔπαρχος Πόλεως.

Marianos imperial protospatharios and eparchos of the City.

Commentary

Laurent was inclined to date this specimen to the second half of the tenth century; but if the "Leo despotes" in the inscription on the obverse refers to Leo VI, the specimen must be dated between 886 and Leo's death in May of 912.

Accession number BZS 1951.31.5.2210
Diameter 30 mm
Field diameter 24 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 5 no. 22.4; Laurent, Corpus 2: no. 1009 (tenth century, second half).

Accession number BZS 1951.31.5.2210
Diameter 30 mm
Field diameter 24 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 5 no. 22.4; Laurent, Corpus 2: no. 1009 (tenth century, second half).

Notes

Accession number BZS 1951.31.5.2210
Diameter 30 mm
Field diameter 24 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 5 no. 22.4; Laurent, Corpus 2: no. 1009 (tenth century, second half).

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