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Andrew imperial spatharios and archon of Christoupolis (ninth century)

Accession number BZS.1947.2.65
Diameter 29 mm
Field diameter 21 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 1, no. 39.1a.
Zacos-Veglery, no. 1716a. Another specimen of the Zacos collection (Basel), from the same boulloterion, is published ibid. and reproduced on pl. 221.

Obverse

Cruciform invocative monogram (type V); in the quarters: ΤΩΣΩ|ΔΛΩ. Wreath border.

Θεοτόκε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ

Reverse

Inscription of four lines. Wreath border.

ΝΔΡΕ
ΒΣΠΘ
ΡΧΟΝΤΙΤ
ΧΡΠ

Ἀνδρέᾳ βασιλικῷ σπαθαρίῳ καὶ ἄρχοντι τῆς Χριστουπόλεως

Translation

Θεοτόκε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ Ἀνδρέᾳ βασιλικῷ σπαθαρίῳ καὶ ἄρχοντι τῆς Χριστουπόλεως.

Theotokos, help your servant Andreas imperial spatharios and archon of Christoupolis.

Commentary

This specimen is from the same boulloterion as BZS.1955.1.677.

Zacos and Veglery were hesitant about the resolution of ΧΡΠ: Χριστουπόλεως or Χρούπου (for Χρήπου), or perhaps Εὐρίπου? On balance, it seems more probably that Christoupolis is meant here.

Christoupolis (ancient Neapolis; modern Kavalla) was a seaport on the Aegean coastline, facing the island of Thasos. Already a suffragan bishopric of Philippoi in 879, it was an important stronghold for the Byzantine administration, traditionally supported by sea--hence the presence there of a ninth-century droungarios (DO Seals 1, no. 39.4). The city was governed by an archon and became an important outlet for trade with its hinterland, as indicated by the presence of kommerkiarioi (in addition to ours, there are seals of an archon and of three kommerkiarioi in Sig., 114 and Zacos, Seals II, no. 205; cf. Oikonomides, Abydos). For the history of the city, see Lemerle, Philippes, 128, 132ff.

Accession number BZS.1947.2.65
Diameter 29 mm
Field diameter 21 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 1, no. 39.1a.
Zacos-Veglery, no. 1716a. Another specimen of the Zacos collection (Basel), from the same boulloterion, is published ibid. and reproduced on pl. 221.

Notes

Accession number BZS.1947.2.65
Diameter 29 mm
Field diameter 21 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 1, no. 39.1a.
Zacos-Veglery, no. 1716a. Another specimen of the Zacos collection (Basel), from the same boulloterion, is published ibid. and reproduced on pl. 221.