Plato, hypatos and spatharios. Byzantine lead seal 8th century AD

Ancient Coins - Plato, hypatos and spatharios. Byzantine lead seal 8th century AD
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Plato, hypatos and spatharios. Byzantine lead seal 8th century AD
Cruciform monogram ΘEOTOKE BOHΘEI
ΠΛ | ATW | NH VΠA | TO S CΠ[A] | ΘA[PIW] in five lines
Zacos/Veglery 3045; 24mm, 11.25 gram; near VF

The placement of the titles in the reverse legend is peculiar, because spatharios is the lesser dignity. By convention, legends on seals are climactic, listing ever more prestigious titles, offices and dignities as they go along. Zacos and Veglery (p. 495) offer the explanation that this person was promoted from spatharios to hypatos, while also retaining his lesser dignity.

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