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Strategios imperial spatharios and paraphylax of Nicaea (ninth century)

 
 

Obverse

Cruciform invocative monogram (type VIII). In the quarters: ΤΣ|ΔΛ. Wreath border.

Θεοτόκε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ

Reverse

Inscription of four lines. Wreath border.

+ΣΤΡΤ
ΗΓΙΣΠ
ΘΠΡΦ
ΥΛ/ΝΙΚΕ

Στρατηγίῳ β(ασιλικῷ) σπαθ(αρίῳ) (καὶ) παραφύλ(ακι) Νικέα(ς)

Obverse

Cruciform invocative monogram (type VIII). In the quarters: ΤΣ|ΔΛ. Wreath border.

Θεοτόκε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ

Reverse

Inscription of four lines. Wreath border.

+ΣΤΡΤ
ΗΓΙΣΠ
ΘΠΡΦ
ΥΛ/ΝΙΚΕ

Στρατηγίῳ β(ασιλικῷ) σπαθ(αρίῳ) (καὶ) παραφύλ(ακι) Νικέα(ς)

Accession number BZS.1958.106.2929
Diameter 27.0 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 3, no. 59.4.

Translation

Θεοτόκε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ Στρατηγίῳ βασιλικῷ σπαθαρίῳ καὶ παραφύλακι Νικέας.

Mother of God, help your servant Strategios, imperial spatharios and paraphylax of Nicaea.

Commentary

The title of paraphylax seems to designate the military commander of a fortified city, often, but not necessarily, a port. See Listes, 343; Zacos-Veglery, 1201.