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Kosmas dioiketes of Euboia (eighth century)

Accession Number:
BZS.1958.106.1801

Previous Editions

DO Seals 2, no. 13.1.
Zacos-Veglery, no. 2078a (with mentions of other specimens of this seal).

Details

Diameter:
25 mm
Condition:
Very thick lead roundel.

Obverse

Kosmas dioiketes of Euboia (eighth century)

Cruciform invocative monogram (type VIII); in the quarters: ΤΩΔ|ΛΩΣ. Wreath border.

Κύριε βοήθει τῷ δούλῳ σου

Reverse

Kosmas dioiketes of Euboia (eighth century)

Inscription of three lines with decoration below (and above?). Indeterminate border.

ΚΟΣΜΑ
ΔΙΟΙΚ/
ΕΥΒΥΗΣ

Κοσμᾷ διοικητῇ Εὐβύης

Translation

Κύριε βοήθει τῷ δούλῳ σου Κοσμᾷ διοικητῇ Εὐβύης.

Lord, help your servant Kosmas dioiketes of Euboia.

Audio

Commentary

Note the Ionic ending -ης. This grammatical form is used in many Byzantine texts (Psaltes, Grammatik, 143). Zacos-Veglery (no. 2078b) have published seals of the same individual but from a different boulloterion. Cf. DO Seals 2, no. 8.6.

The island of Euboia, lying off the northeast coast of Boeotia, retained its ancient name in the Middle Ages; it also went by the name of its capital, Euripos. See ODB II, 736-37; Koder-Hild, Hellas, 46; and Koder, Negroponte, 63.

 

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