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George patrikios and Theophylaktos general kommerkiarioi of the apotheke of Lazike, Trapezous and Kerasous (692/3)

Accession number BZS.1955.1.4373
Diameter 31 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 4, no. 34.1.

Zacos-Veglery, no. 179.

Obverse

Emperor Justinian II standing frontally, beardless, wearing a crown and chlamys and holding a globus cruciger in his right hand and a scepter cross in his left hand. Indiction signs on either side:-S. Circular inscription within a linear border, beginning at twelve o'clock:

γεωργιουπατρικ-ιSθεοφυλακτ..

Γεωργίου πατρικίου (καὶ) Θεοφυλάκτ[ου]

Reverse

Inscription of seven lines. Linear border.

γενικο
νκωμμερ
κιαριωναπο
θηκησλαζη
κηστραπεζ
ντονSκε
ρασντ

γενικον κωμμερκιαρίων ἀποθήκης Λαζηκῆς, Τραπεζοῦντον (καὶ) Κερασούντ(ων)

Translation

Ἰνδικτιὼν ς᾽     Γεωργίου πατρικίου καὶ Θεοφυλάκτου γενικον κωμμερκιαρίων ἀποθήκης Λαζηκῆς, Τραπεζοῦντον καὶ Κερασούντων.

Indiction 6.      (Seal of) George patrikios and Theophylaktos, general kommerkarioi of the apotheke of Lazike, Trapezous, and Kerasous.

Commentary

The date of this seal is secured by the career of the owners (cf. Zacos-Veglery, 150, table 6/2). It is interesting to note that the two associates had farmed out the same apotheke for two years, 691-693, as attested by the seal Zacos-Veglery, no. 178. Our specimen was made after the end of the first year, and for this reason it mentions only the indiction corresponding to 692/3 (cf. Oikonomides, "Kommerkiarioi", 40).

Today Giresun, the port on the Black Sea coast, Kerasous was an economic center because it was also the end of the road leading to Koloneia. It was a suffragan bishopric of Neokaisareia from the fifth until the late eleventh century, when it became an independent metropolis. See ODB II, 1123;  Bryer-Winfield, 126-34; Sinclair II, 111-115. Laurent, Corpus V/3, 87-88. List of prelates in Fedalto, HEO I, 70.

Accession number BZS.1955.1.4373
Diameter 31 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 4, no. 34.1.

Zacos-Veglery, no. 179.

Notes

Accession number BZS.1955.1.4373
Diameter 31 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 4, no. 34.1.

Zacos-Veglery, no. 179.

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