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John hypatos and dioiketes of Cyprus (eighth/ninth century)

Accession Number:
BZS.1958.106.2033

Previous Editions

DO Seals 2, no. 38.5.
Zacos-Veglery, no. 2020.
Cf. similar seals, possibly from the same boulloterion, illustrated in Sig., 304, no. 1.

Details

Diameter:
24 mm
Condition:
Blank too small for die. Break along the channel, which runs from 1 o'clock to 7 o'clock.

Obverse

John hypatos and dioiketes of Cyprus (eighth/ninth century)

Cruciform invocative monogram (type V?). No visible border. In the four quarters: ΤΣ|Δ..

Θεοτόκε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ

Reverse

John hypatos and dioiketes of Cyprus (eighth/ninth century)

Inscription of four lines. No visible border.

ΙΑΝ
ΗΥΠΑΤ
ΔΙΟΙΚΗΤ /
.ΥΠΡ

Ἰωάννῃ ὑπάτῳ (καὶ) διοικητ Κύπρου

Translation

Θεοτόκε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ Ἰωάννῃ ὑπάτῳ καὶ διοικητῇ Κύπρου.

Mother of God, help your servant John hypatos and dioiketes of Cyprus.

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Commentary

Another seal of Eustathios hypatos and dioiketes of Cyprus, also dated 8th/9th century, is published by Zacos-Veglery (no. 1895). The dioiketes of Cyprus was obviously in charge of collecting the Byzantine share of the Cypriot tax: to judge from the preserved seals, he appears to be an official of the Byzantine state, not of any local administration.

 

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