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Epiphanios imperial (proto?)spatharios and tourmarches of Thrace (ninth century)

Accession Number:
BZS.1958.106.2714

Previous Editions

DO Seals 1, no. 71.39.

Details

Diameter:
26 mm
Condition:
Half missing, broken along channel.

Obverse

Epiphanios imperial (proto?)spatharios and tourmarches of Thrace (ninth century)

Cruciform invocative monogram (probably type V); in the quarters: ΤΣ.|Δ. Indeterminate border.

Θεοτόκε βοήθει τῷ σ δούλῳ

Reverse

Epiphanios imperial (proto?)spatharios and tourmarches of Thrace (ninth century)

Inscription in at least four lines. Indeterminate border.

ιφ
σπθ,
μρχ
κισ

Ἐπιφανίῳ βασιλικῷ πρωτο?σπαθαρίῳ καὶ τουρμάρχ Θρᾴκης

Translation

Θεοτόκε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ Ἐπιφανίῳ βασιλικῷ πρωτοσπαθαρίῳ καὶ τουρμάρχῃ Θρᾴκης.

Theotokos, help your servant Epiphanios imperial protospatharios and tourmarches of Thrace.

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Commentary

Another seal of a tourmarches of Thrace is published by Zacos-Veglery, no. 2623a. A tourmarches designated by the name of the theme in which he resided is not uncommon (cf. Zacos-Veglery I/3, 1900, s.v. τουρμάρχης: Anatolikoi, Boukellarioi, Hellas, Kibyrraioitai, etc.); he was probably in command of part of the theme's troops, presumably those recruited and stationed near the seat of the strategos. It may be that the tourmarches "of Thrace" commanded the troops of Arkadioupolis.

 

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