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(Leo?) imperial spatharios and archon of Crete (eighth/ninth century)

Accession number BZS.1958.106.4076
Diameter 33 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 2, no. 36.2.
Zacos-Veglery, no. 2645 (slightly different reading).
Cf. SBS 2 (1990) 146, no. 16.

Obverse

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

Κύριε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ

Reverse

Inscription of at least five lines. Border of dots.

...
.ΤΗΒˊΣΠ
ΑΘΑΡΧ
ΝΤ,
ΚΡΗ
ΤΗΣ

......τῃ βασιλικῷ σπαθαρίῳ καὶ ἄρχοντι Κρήτης

Translation

Κύριε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ ......τῃ βασιλικῷ σπαθαρίῳ καὶ ἄρχοντι Κρήτης.

Lord, help your servant Leo (?) imperial spatharios and archon of Crete.

Commentary

On the first line of the reverse, before ΤΗ, one can distinguish the bottom of a vertical bar, probably at the point where it is met by an oblique one. If true, this would constitute an Ν, and the name should be read as Λέοντη (Λέοντι). But this reading is not secure.

Accession number BZS.1958.106.4076
Diameter 33 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 2, no. 36.2.
Zacos-Veglery, no. 2645 (slightly different reading).
Cf. SBS 2 (1990) 146, no. 16.

Notes

Accession number BZS.1958.106.4076
Diameter 33 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 2, no. 36.2.
Zacos-Veglery, no. 2645 (slightly different reading).
Cf. SBS 2 (1990) 146, no. 16.

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