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Pothetos kommerkiarios of Loupadion (?) (ninth century)

Accession Number:
BZS.1958.106.2557

Previous Editions

DO Seals 3, no. 55.2.

Details

Diameter:
25 mm
Condition:
Corroded. Struck off center.

Obverse

Pothetos kommerkiarios of Loupadion (?) (ninth century)

Cruciform invocative monogram (type V). In the quarters: Σ|ΔΛ. Wreath border.

Θεοτόκε βοήθει [τ]ῷ σῷ δούλῳ

Reverse

Pothetos kommerkiarios of Loupadion (?) (ninth century)

Inscription of four lines. Wreath border.

ΠΟΘ
ΤΚΟΜ
ΚΙΡΙ
Π /Δ

Ποθ[η]τῳ κομ[ερ]κιαρίῳ [Λ]ουπ(α)δ[(ίου)]

Translation

Θεοτόκε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ Ποθητῳ κομερκιαρίῳ Λουπαδίου.

Mother of God, help your servant Pothetos kommerkiarios of Loupadion.

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Commentary

The reading Λουπαδίου is obviously speculative.

Loupadion/Lopadion (modern Ulubad) was found to the south of the Marmara sea, on the Rhyndakos river, commanding an important bridge of the road leading from Kyzikos to the east. It had a xenodocheion, the existence of which is known to us from several sources, including many seals (cf. Sig., 246, 381; Zacos, Seals II, nos. 111, 266). Our seals show that the city was administered by an archon and that a kommerikarios probably taxed merchandise in the ninth century.

 

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