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Soterichos Sorineas, tagmatophylax and topoteretes (tenth/eleventh century)

 
 

Obverse

Bust of St. George, holding a spear in his right hand and a shield in his left. Inscription in two vertical columns: |Γ|Ε|Ρ|ΓΙ: Ὁ ἅ(γιος) Γεώργι(ος). Border of dots.

Reverse

Inscription of six lines. Border of dots.

κε,θ,
στιρικ,
τγμτ,φυ
λ̅⸣τοποτι
ριτ,τσο
ρινε


Κ(ύρι)ε β(οή)θ(ει) Σωτιρίκ(ῳ) ταγματ(ο)φύλ(ακι) (καὶ) τοποτιριτ(ῇ) τῷ Σορινέᾳ

Obverse

Bust of St. George, holding a spear in his right hand and a shield in his left. Inscription in two vertical columns: |Γ|Ε|Ρ|ΓΙ: Ὁ ἅ(γιος) Γεώργι(ος). Border of dots.

Reverse

Inscription of six lines. Border of dots.

κε,θ,
στιρικ,
τγμτ,φυ
λ̅⸣τοποτι
ριτ,τσο
ρινε


Κ(ύρι)ε β(οή)θ(ει) Σωτιρίκ(ῳ) ταγματ(ο)φύλ(ακι) (καὶ) τοποτιριτ(ῇ) τῷ Σορινέᾳ

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.40
Diameter 1.0 mm

Translation

Κύριε βοήθει Σωτιρίκῳ ταγματοφυλάκῳ καὶ τοποτιριτῇ τῷ Σορινέᾳ.

Lord, help Soterichos Sorineas, tagmatophylax and topoteretes.

Commentary

The combination of two military offices is not unattested; see for example the seal of Euphemios tourmarches and kleisourarches of Taron (BZS.1951.31.5.839). The editors of DOSeals 4 (76.4) note that the combination of offices in Euphemios's case was likely "an ad hoc arrangement invented for the sake of a local chieftain." However, the idiosyncracy of this seal was due more to the fact that Euphemios held the proto-thematic title of kleisourarches at a time when Taron would have possessed a strategos (Listes 355–56 and DOSeals 4, 168 and 170), than to the combination of offices.

What we must determine here is whether Soterichos is a tagmatic or thematic topoteretes. In the former, he would be the second-ranking officer after the domestikos, while in the latter he would be much lower in the hierarchy.