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Demetrios hypatos, imperial kommerkiarios of the abydos of Thessalonica (ninth century)

Accession Number:
BZS.1958.106.1064

Previous Editions

DO Seals 1, no. 18.2.
Zacos-Veglery, no. 1852c.

Details

Diameter:
31 mm
Condition:
Rusted.

Obverse

Demetrios hypatos, imperial kommerkiarios of the abydos of Thessalonica (ninth century)

Cruciform invocative monogram (type V); in the quarters: ΤΣ|ΔΛ. No visible border.

Θεοτόκε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ

Reverse

Demetrios hypatos, imperial kommerkiarios of the abydos of Thessalonica (ninth century)

Inscription of five lines. No visible border.

ΔΗΜΗ.
ΡΙΥΠΑΤ.
ΒΚΟΜΕΡΚ
ΑΒΥΔΘΕ.
ΣΑΛΟΝ

Δημητρίῳ ὑπάτ, βασιλικῷ κομερκιαρίῳ τοῦ ἀβύδου Θεσσαλονίκης

Translation

Θεοτόκε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ Δημητρίῳ ὑπάτῳ, βασιλικῷ κομερκιαρίῳ τοῦ ἀβύδου Θεσσαλονίκης.

Theotokos, help your servant Demetrios hypatos, imperial kommerkiarios of the abydos of Thessalonica.

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Commentary

Our reading differs from the one in Zacos-Veglery in two respects. The latter postulated that line 3 (rev.) begins with the abbreviation sign , but we believe that there is insufficient space for this sign. Additionally, they have transcribed ΤΑΒΥΔ/ (line 4) as τοῦ ἀβυδικοῦ, a reading needlessly forced, since the title of kommerkiarios of the abydos of Thessalonica makes sense. Our reading is supported by DO Seals 1, no. 18.3. It is very probable that the owner of this seal is identical to that of DO Seals 1, no. 18.3.

 

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