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Strategios protekdikos and archdeacon (tenth/eleventh century)

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.3697
Diameter 25 mm
Condition Holed on the reverse.


Two saints standing. The bearded one on the left is likely St. Paul, while the unbearded figure on the right is likely St. Peter. Both look upwards toward a medallion of Christ. Columnar inscriptions on the left and between the two figures are evident but illegible. Border of dots.


Inscription in six lines. Border of dots.


Κύριε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλ Στρατηγίῳ προτεκδίκῳ καὶ ἀρχιδιακόνῳ


Κύριε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ Στρατηγίῳ προτεκδίκῳ καὶ ἀρχιδιακόνῳ.

Lord, help your servant Strategios, protekdikos and archdeacon.


The obverse inscriptions are nearly wholly effaced to the point where it is barely clear that letters are present. There seems to be a Χ at the bottom of the left columnar inscription, and a ΚΑΙ in the fourth line of the middle inscription. Without a parallel, however, this inscription remains indecipherable.