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Demetrios, imperial spatharokandidatos and kommerkiarios of Seleukeia (tenth century)

Accession number BZS 1947.2.151
Diameter 25 mm
Condition Struck off center
Previous Editions

DO Seals 5 no. 6.17.

Obverse

A winged lion at right, with its head turned three-quarters to the front. Circular invocative inscription beginning at 12 o'clock. Border of dots.

........ΤΣΟΥΛ

[Κ(ύρι)ε βοήθει] τῷ σῷ δούλῳ

Reverse

Inscription of five lines. Border of dots.

....ΗΤΡ
Π
ΑΘΑΡ
Ν̅Κ
ΡΚΗΑΡ
ΛΕΥΚ

[Δημ]ητρ[ίῳ β(ασιλικῷ) σ]παθαρ[οκα]νδ(ι)δ(άτῳ) (καὶ) κου[μμε]ρκηαρ(ίῳ) [Σε]λευκ(είας).

Translation

Κύριε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ Δημητρίῳ βασιλικῷ σπαθαροκανδιδάτῳ καὶ κουμμερκηαρίῳ Σελευκείας.

Lord, help your servant Demetrios, imperial spatharokandidatos and kommerkiarios of Seleukeia.

Commentary

Under Romanos I, between 927 and 934, the kleisoura of Seleukeia was raised to the status of theme. In addition to the presence of imperial domains, managed by episkeptitai, the seals of kommerkiarioi, such as the present example, attest to connections at Seleukeia between land and sea that made it a center for the importation and distribution of silk (see Book of the Prefect, 5.1).

Accession number BZS 1947.2.151
Diameter 25 mm
Condition Struck off center
Previous Editions

DO Seals 5 no. 6.17.

Notes

Accession number BZS 1947.2.151
Diameter 25 mm
Condition Struck off center
Previous Editions

DO Seals 5 no. 6.17.

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