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Michael vestarches and katepano of Mesopotamia (eleventh century)

Accession Number:
BZS.1958.106.2022

Previous Editions

DO Seals 4, no. 55.9.

A similar seal, now in the Ermitage (M-8397) was published by G. Schlumberger, "Sceaux," RN [1905], 325, no. 213; cf. Šandrovskaja, "Sfragistika," no. 711. Another one, possibly from the same boulloterion, was discovered in Preslav: Jordanov, Preslav, no. 282.

Details

Diameter:
25 mm
Condition:
Chipped.

Obverse

Michael vestarches and katepano of Mesopotamia (eleventh century)

Inscription of five lines. Border of dots.

.κεRο
ηθειτο
σοδουΜΙ
Rεσταρ
..

Κ(ύρι)ε βοήθει το σο δού(λῳ) Μιχ(αὴλ) βεστάρ[χου]

Reverse

Michael vestarches and katepano of Mesopotamia (eleventh century)

Inscription of four lines, a decoration above. Border of dots.


κεκατε
πανομε
σοποτ
αμ..σ

κὲ κατεπάνο Μεσοποταμ[ία]ς.

Translation

Κύριε βοήθει το σο δούλῳ Μιχαὴλ βεστάρχου κὲ κατεπάνο Μεσοποταμίας.

Lord, help your servant Michael, vestarches and katepano of Mesopotamia.

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Commentary

We know of another katepano of Mesopotamia, Theognostos Melissenos, who bore the title of vestarches. D. Theocharides, “Theognostos Melissenos, katepan von Mesopotamia,” BZ 78 (1985) 363.

Its epigraphy puts the present specimen in the late eleventh century. It cannot be placed in late tenth-century Mesopotamia "of the West" even though another specimen from the same boulloterion was discovered in Bulgaria.

 

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