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Michael Tornikes, protospatharios and judge of the Hippodrome and of the Anatolikoi (eleventh century)

Accession Number:
BZS.1958.106.2426

Previous Editions

DO Seals 3, no. 86.31.

Details

Diameter:
26 mm

Obverse

Michael Tornikes, protospatharios and judge of the Hippodrome and of the Anatolikoi (eleventh century)

Bust of a richly clothed saint wearing on top of an elaborate hairstyle an oriental cap. Visible at l.: Ο|Α|ΓΙ|O|Σ: Ὁ ἅγιος .... Border of dots.

Reverse

Michael Tornikes, protospatharios and judge of the Hippodrome and of the Anatolikoi (eleventh century)

Inscription of six lines. Border of dots.

+ΜΙΧΑΗ
Α,ΣΠΑΘ,ΚΡ
Τ,ΕΠΙΤ,ΙΠΠ
Δ,ΤΝΑ
Τ,ΤΤΟΡ
ΝΗΚ

Μιχαὴλ πρωτοσπαθαρίῳ  κριτ ἐπὶ τοῦ Ἱπποδρόμου καὶ τῶν Ἀνατολικῶν τῷ Τορνήκ

Translation

Μιχαὴλ πρωτοσπαθαρίῳ  κριτῇ ἐπὶ τοῦ Ἱπποδρόμου καὶ τῶν Ἀνατολικῶν τῷ Τορνήκῃ.

Michael Tornikes, protospatharios and judge of the Hippodrome and of the Anatolikoi.

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Commentary

The saint represented on the obverse could be St. Zacharias, the prophet Aaron, or St. Daniel. Cf. our comments in DOSeals 2.44.13 (BZS 1955.1.3050). A judge by the name of Tornikes was active at the tribunal of the Hippodrome shortly before 1028. (Peira 49.4). The seal of a Michael Tornikes is published in Corinth XII, no. 2819.

 

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