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Nicholas imperial protospatharios and strategos of Chrysava (tenth century)

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.2578
Diameter 20 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 1, no. 40.1.

Obverse

Bust of St. Nicholas blessing and holding book. Traces of sigla: Λ|Α.|Σ: Ὁ ἅγιος Νικόλαος. Border of dots.

Reverse

Inscription of five lines. Border of dots.

ΝΙΚΟΛ
ΑΣΠΑΘ
ΣΤΡΑΤ.
ΧΡΥΣΑ
ΑΣ

Νικολάῳ βασιλικῷ πρωτοσπαθαρίῳ καὶ στρατηγῷ Χρυσάβας

Translation

Νικολάῳ βασιλικῷ πρωτοσπαθαρίῳ καὶ στρατηγῷ Χρυσάβας.

Nicholas imperial protospatharios and strategos of Chrysava.

Commentary

This place name first appears in the Escorial Taktikon (971-975): ὁ στρατηγὸς Στρυμόνος ἤτοι Χρυσάβας (the reading Χρυσεύβας is also possible based on the manuscript, but our seal provides the correct spelling). Oikonomides proposed that it be identified with Krousovo (Achladochori), situated in the Strymon valley, northeast of Siderokastron (Listes, 357).

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.2578
Diameter 20 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 1, no. 40.1.

Notes

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.2578
Diameter 20 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 1, no. 40.1.

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