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George dioiketes of Sarde (ninth century)

Accession Number:
BZS.1958.106.2318

Previous Editions

DO Seals 3, no. 32.3b.

Details

Diameter:
27 mm
Condition:
Broken into two pieces along the channel; bent; a hole for suspension on each side.

Obverse

George dioiketes of Sarde (ninth century)

Cruciform invocative monogram (type V). In the quarters: τ. Wreath border.

Reverse

George dioiketes of Sarde (ninth century)

Inscription of four lines. Wreath border.

γερ
.ιιο.
ητησρ
ισ

Γεωρ[γ]ίῳ διοι[κ]ητῇ Σάρδις

Translation

Θεοτόκε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ Γεωργί διοικητῇ Σάρδις.

Mother of God, help your servant George, dioiketes of Sarde.

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Commentary

This seal and BZS.1958.106.3694 come from the same boulloterion.

Sardeis (modern Sart), was capital of Lydia and seat of a metropolitan, attested since 325. The non-hellenic name appears on seals as well as in the notitiae in two main forms, the classical Σάρδεις, -εων, and the popular Σάρδη, ἦς, or non-declined Σάρδης (whenever in doubt, we have restored the classical form). From the seals we learn that it was also a fiscal center. See Laurent, Corpus V/1, 260-61 (add Zacos, Seals II, nos. 670, 869); Zgusta, 541-42; C. Foss, Byzantine and Turkish Sardis (Cambridge, Mass., 1976); Brandes, Städte, 86-88; ODB III, 1843.

 

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