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Veken protospatharios and strategos of Balaneos (tenth/eleventh centuries)

Accession number BZS 1951.31.5.240
Diameter 23 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 5 no. 15.1.

Obverse

Bust of St. George holding a spear in his right hand and a shield in his left hand. Inscription in two columns: |ΓΕ|Γ|Η|ΟΣ : Ὁ ἅ(γιος) Γεώ[ρ]γηος. No border visible.

Reverse

Inscription of five lines followed by an ornament. Border of dots.

Κ̅Ε̅,Θ,
ΕΚΕΝ
ΣΠΘ,ϗ
ΣΤΡ,Τ,,
ΛΝ,


Κ(ύρι)ε β(οή)θ(ει) Βεκὲν (πρωτο)σπαθ(αρίῳ) (καὶ) στρ(ατηγῷ) τ(οῦ) Β(α)λαν(έως)

Translation

Κύριε βοήθει Βεκὲν πρωτοσπαθαρίῳ καὶ στρατηγῷ τοῦ Βαλανέως.

Lord, help Veken protospatharios and strategos of Balaneos.

Commentary

The owner’s name suggests Armenian or Georgian ancestry. A Βηκἐν (first name), strategos of Sasoun, is known from a late eleventh-century seal (see V. Shandrovskaia, “Popravki i dopolneniia k ‘Katalogu Molivdovulov’ B. A. Panchenko,” VizVrem 38 (1977): 115) Seibt correctly revised the dating of the seal and identified Sasoun as a region south of Taron (BZ 71 [1978]: 289; cf. SBS 5 [1998]: 132). We also note the eleventh century seal of a Παγκράτιος Βηκένης (here a family name), discovered in Preslav and published by Jordanov, Preslav, nos. 399–400.

Accession number BZS 1951.31.5.240
Diameter 23 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 5 no. 15.1.

Notes

Accession number BZS 1951.31.5.240
Diameter 23 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 5 no. 15.1.

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