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Constantine protospatharios and strategos of Cappadocia (tenth century)

 
 

Obverse

Bust of the Virgin. Sigla: μ̅ρ-θυ : Μ(ήτη)ρ Θ(εο)ῦ. Traces of a circular inscription within a border of dots:

οηθ

[Θεοτόκε β]οήθ[ει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ]

Reverse

Inscription of five lines, a decoration below. Border of dots.

+κν
.ταντ,α
..αθˋρS
..ρατ.
.αππα,

Κων[σ]ταντ(ίνῳ) (πρωτο)[σπ]αθ(α)ρ(ίῳ) (καὶ) [στ]ρατ(η)[γ(ῷ)] [Κ]αππα(δοκίας)

Obverse

Bust of the Virgin. Sigla: μ̅ρ-θυ : Μ(ήτη)ρ Θ(εο)ῦ. Traces of a circular inscription within a border of dots:

οηθ

[Θεοτόκε β]οήθ[ει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ]

Reverse

Inscription of five lines, a decoration below. Border of dots.

+κν
.ταντ,α
..αθˋρS
..ρατ.
.αππα,

Κων[σ]ταντ(ίνῳ) (πρωτο)[σπ]αθ(α)ρ(ίῳ) (καὶ) [στ]ρατ(η)[γ(ῷ)] [Κ]αππα(δοκίας)

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.3114
Diameter 28.0 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 4, no. 43.10.

Translation

Θεοτόκε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ Κωνσταντίνῳ πρωτοσπαθαρίῳ καὶ στρατηγῷ Καππαδοκίας.

Mother of God, help your servant Constantine, protospatharios and strategos of Cappadocia.

Commentary

We know of Constantine Maleinos, who was strategos of Cappadocia and became patrikios in the middle of the century. See Theophanes Continuatus, 479-80; Dagron-Mihaescu, 35; Canard, Hamdanides, 802; L. Petit, Vie et office de S. Michel Maléinos (Paris, 1903), 9.