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Nikephoros chartoularios and imperial kourator of Tarsos (eleventh century)

Accession number BZS 1947.2.163
Diameter 25 mm
Field diameter 15 mm
Condition Poorly struck on the sides.
Previous Editions

DO Seals 5 no. 5.4

Obverse

Bust of St. Nicholas holding a book in his left hand. Vertical inscription is visible at right: Κ|Ο|Λ: [Ὁ ἅ(γιος) Νι]κόλ(αος). Border of dots.

Reverse

Inscription of five lines. Border of dots.

ΝΙΚΗ
ΦΟΡ,ΧΑΡ
Τ,⸣
ΡΑΤΟΡ
ΤΑΡΣ

Νικηφόρ(ῳ) χαρτουλ(α)ρ(ίῳ) (καὶ) β(ασιλικῷ) κ[ου]ράτωρ(ι) Ταρσοῦ.

Translation

Νικηφόρῳ χαρτουλαρίῳ καὶ βασιλικῷ κουράτωρι Ταρσοῦ.

Nikephoros chartoularios and imperial kourator of Tarsos.

Commentary

Tarsos was the most wealthy and powerful of the towns on the Cilician plain, and following its capture by the Arabs and use as a base for raids into  Byzantine territory, became the focus of Nikephoros Phokas’s eastern campaigns. The city was recaptured and was converted into an imperial kouratoreia, as well as the seat for a strategos, later under the authority of the doux of Antioch. By the end of the eleventh century, control passed into the hands of Armenian chieftains.


Accession number BZS 1947.2.163
Diameter 25 mm
Field diameter 15 mm
Condition Poorly struck on the sides.
Previous Editions

DO Seals 5 no. 5.4

Accession number BZS 1947.2.163
Diameter 25 mm
Field diameter 15 mm
Condition Poorly struck on the sides.
Previous Editions

DO Seals 5 no. 5.4

Notes

Accession number BZS 1947.2.163
Diameter 25 mm
Field diameter 15 mm
Condition Poorly struck on the sides.
Previous Editions

DO Seals 5 no. 5.4

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