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Constantine komes of the Paphlagonians (?) (tenth/eleventh century)

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.2276
Diameter 16 mm
Field diameter 11 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 4, no. 11.18.


Bust of St. Achillios wearing a cloak over the left shoulder and holding a book in his left hand. On either side a vertical inscription: |αχ|ι-λ|ει|σ : Ὁ ἅ(γιος) Ἀχίλει(ο)ς. Border of dots.


Inscription of four lines. Border of dots.


Κ(ύρι)ε β(ο)ή(θει) Κων(σταντίνῳ) κόμιτ(ι) τ(ῶν) Παφλαγ(όνων?)


Κύριε βοήθει Κωνσταντίνῳ κόμιτι τῶν Παφλαγόνων.

Lord, help Constantine, komes of the Paphlagonians.


The inscription identifying St. Achillios might have adopted a popular form and so read: Ἀχιλλεις = Ἀχίλλης. The reading τῶν Παφλαγόνων seems preferable to us instead of τῆς Παφλαγονίας, since the placename normally does not take the article. We do not know what komes means in this context. The regular thematic komes was an officer of low rank (Listes, 341). To speculate, it seems that here we have a naval komes who headed a squadron of the imperial navy (Listes, 340), perhaps the local squadron previously commanded by the katepano of Paphlagonia.