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Michael Maurikas, vestarches and katepano of Dyrrachion (eleventh century)

Accession number BZS.1958.106.4234
Diameter 28 mm
Condition Holed. Corroded.
Previous Editions

DO Seals 1, no. 12.5a.
Cf. similar seal published by I. Jordanov, "Neizdadeni vizantijski olovni pečati ot Silistra," 106, no. 12. This specimen, which was found at Silistra, is from a different boulloterion than this DO pair of specimens.
Another specimen from the Vienna Collection inscribed with the same name and titles (and with the same arrangement of the letters of the rev. inscription) was published without illustration by Seibt, Bleisiegel, no. 58 (previously published by Mordtmann and mentioned in Schlumberger, Sig., 204).

Obverse

Bust of St. George holding spear. Inscription: .|Γ|Ε|Ρ|ΓΙ,: ἅγιος Γεώργιος. Border of dots.

Reverse

Inscription of seven lines. Border of dots.

ΚΕ,θ,
μιχαηλ
εσταρχη
κατεπαν,
δυρραχ,τ
μαρι
κα

Κύριε βοήθει Μιχαὴλ βεστάρχῃ καὶ κατεπάνω Δυρραχίου τῷ Μαβρικᾷ

Translation

Κύριε βοήθει Μιχαὴλ βεστάρχῃ καὶ κατεπάνω Δυρραχίου τῷ Μαβρικᾷ.

Lord, help Michael Maurikas, vestarches and katepano of Dyrrachion.

Commentary

Seibt, Bleisiegel, 169-70, traces Michael's career and places his tenure at Dyrrachion between 1065 and 1068. On the other hand, Skoulatos, Personnages, 196-198, hypothesizes that he may have been appointed at Dyrrachion in 1070. Both scholars use the same sources, which speak of a certain Maurix without mentioning any first name.

Accession number BZS.1958.106.4234
Diameter 28 mm
Condition Holed. Corroded.
Previous Editions

DO Seals 1, no. 12.5a.
Cf. similar seal published by I. Jordanov, "Neizdadeni vizantijski olovni pečati ot Silistra," 106, no. 12. This specimen, which was found at Silistra, is from a different boulloterion than this DO pair of specimens.
Another specimen from the Vienna Collection inscribed with the same name and titles (and with the same arrangement of the letters of the rev. inscription) was published without illustration by Seibt, Bleisiegel, no. 58 (previously published by Mordtmann and mentioned in Schlumberger, Sig., 204).

Accession number BZS.1958.106.4234
Diameter 28 mm
Condition Holed. Corroded.
Previous Editions

DO Seals 1, no. 12.5a.
Cf. similar seal published by I. Jordanov, "Neizdadeni vizantijski olovni pečati ot Silistra," 106, no. 12. This specimen, which was found at Silistra, is from a different boulloterion than this DO pair of specimens.
Another specimen from the Vienna Collection inscribed with the same name and titles (and with the same arrangement of the letters of the rev. inscription) was published without illustration by Seibt, Bleisiegel, no. 58 (previously published by Mordtmann and mentioned in Schlumberger, Sig., 204).

Notes

Accession number BZS.1958.106.4234
Diameter 28 mm
Condition Holed. Corroded.
Previous Editions

DO Seals 1, no. 12.5a.
Cf. similar seal published by I. Jordanov, "Neizdadeni vizantijski olovni pečati ot Silistra," 106, no. 12. This specimen, which was found at Silistra, is from a different boulloterion than this DO pair of specimens.
Another specimen from the Vienna Collection inscribed with the same name and titles (and with the same arrangement of the letters of the rev. inscription) was published without illustration by Seibt, Bleisiegel, no. 58 (previously published by Mordtmann and mentioned in Schlumberger, Sig., 204).