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Constantine patrikios, imperial protospatharios and strategos of Sicily (ninth century)

Accession Number:
BZS.1958.106.1053

Previous Editions

DO Seals 1, no. 5.10a.
Zacos-Veglery, no. 1821.

Details

Diameter:
30 mm

Obverse

Constantine patrikios, imperial protospatharios and strategos of Sicily (ninth century)

Cruciform invocative monogram (type V); in the quarters: .Σ|.Λ. Wreath border.

Θεοτόκε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ

Reverse

Constantine patrikios, imperial protospatharios and strategos of Sicily (ninth century)

Inscription of five lines. Indeterminate border.

ΚΝΣ
ΝΤΙΝΠ
ΡΙΚΒΣΠ.
ΣΤΡΤΗΓ
ΣΙΚΕ....

Κωνσταντίνῳ πατρικίῳ, βασιλικῷ πρωτοσπαθαρίῳ καὶ στρατηγῷ Σικελίας

Translation

Θεοτόκε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ Κωνσταντίνῳ πατρικίῳ, βασιλικῷ πρωτοσπαθαρίῳ καὶ στρατηγῷ Σικελίας.

Theotokos, help your servant Constantine patrikios, imperial protospatharios and strategos of Sicily.

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Commentary

We know of several strategoi of Sicily named Constantine who lived in the ninth century; Constantine patrikios, who governed the island in 805 (MGH, Epistolae V [Berlin, 1899] 98, no. 7; cf. Amari I, 351 note 1, 353); the patrikios Constantine Souda, appointed to Sicily in 826/27 (A. A. Vasiliev, Byzance et les Arabes I [Brussels, 1935] 67 note 1; Zacos-Veglery, no. 1821, and Laurent, REB 21 [1963] 134); Constantine Kontomytes, the father-in-law of kaisar Bardas, who took office there in 859/60 (Theophanes Cont., 175; the Chronicle of Cambridge in Vasiliev, op. cit., I, 346); Constantine Karamallos, patrikios, the defender of Taormina in 902 (Falkenhausen, Dominazione, 101-2, no. 65). We also have several seals of strategoi named Constantine that come from different boulloteria; Sig., 214 note 2, no. 5, cf. Birch, no. 17738; Borsari, Amministrazione, 156 (five specimens in the museum of Syracuse); Laurent, Sicile, 45, no. 1 (museum of Palermo); Zacos-Veglery, nos. 1822a-b; See also Winkelmann, Ämterstruktur, 88-89.