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Michael Saronites, magistros and doux of all the West (eleventh century)

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.498
Diameter 29 mm
Field diameter 25 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 1 no. 1.20a.

Obverse

St. Michael standing and holding a scepter and globus. Faint traces of an inscription: ΜΧ: Μιχαήλ. Border of dots.

Reverse

Inscription of six lines, a cross at the beginning. Border of dots.

κ.,θ,
Μιμ.γισ
τρSδκι
πασησδυσε
..τσαρ
νιτη

Κ(ύρι)[ε] β(οή)θ(ει) Μιχ(αὴλ) μ[α]γίστρῳ (καὶ) δουκὶ πάσης Δύσε[ως] τῷ Σαρ(ω)νίτῃ

Translation

Κύριε βοήθει Μιχαὴλ μαγίστρῳ καὶ δουκὶ πάσης Δύσεως τῷ Σαρωνίτῃ.

Lord, help Michael Saronites, magistros and doux of all the West.

Commentary

This specimen is not close enough in time to be related with confidence to the strategos of Macedonia Michael Saronites (BZS.1958.106.2536). On the contrary, the owner of this seal could have been Michael Saronites, katepano of Bulgaria while vestarches (seal ed. Mordtmann in Ἐλλ. Φιλολ. Σύλλ. 17 [1886] Supplement, 144-45); later he must have obtained the titles mentioned on our seal. He may have been the same person as the Saronites (no first name known) who stamped out the revolt of Constantine Bodin in 1072 (Skylitzes Cont., 165; cf. Bănescu, Duchés, 147, 173).

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.498
Diameter 29 mm
Field diameter 25 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 1 no. 1.20a.

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.498
Diameter 29 mm
Field diameter 25 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 1 no. 1.20a.

Notes

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.498
Diameter 29 mm
Field diameter 25 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 1 no. 1.20a.