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Michael, imperial spatharios and tourmarches of Kourikos (tenth century)

 
 

Obverse

Largely effaced. No inscription or sigla visible. Border of dots.

Reverse

Inscription of five lines followed by a row of pellets. Border of dots.

ΜΙΧ.
ΗΛ΄ΣΠΑΘ
.ΤΡΟΜΑΡ
Χ.ΤΟΥΚ
ΡΙΚΟΥ
··

Μιχ[α]ὴλ β(ασιλικῷ) σπαθ(αρίῳ) [(καὶ)] τρομάρχ(ῃ) τοῦ Κουρίκου.

Obverse

Largely effaced. No inscription or sigla visible. Border of dots.

Reverse

Inscription of five lines followed by a row of pellets. Border of dots.

ΜΙΧ.
ΗΛ΄ΣΠΑΘ
.ΤΡΟΜΑΡ
Χ.ΤΟΥΚ
ΡΙΚΟΥ
··

Μιχ[α]ὴλ β(ασιλικῷ) σπαθ(αρίῳ) [(καὶ)] τρομάρχ(ῃ) τοῦ Κουρίκου.

Accession number BZS.1958.106.4484
Diameter 26.0 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 5 no. 8.2; for a similar seal: Zacos, Seals II, no. 937.

Translation

Μιχαὴλ βασιλικῷ σπαθαρίῳ καὶ τρομάρχῃ τοῦ Κουρίκου.

(Lord or Mother of God, help your servant) Michael imperial spatharios and tourmarches of Kourikos.

Commentary

Initially an important naval base in the coastal theme of the Kibyrrhaiotai, Korykos was a tourma of Seleukeia during the ninth and tenth centuries. See Hild-Hellenkemper, Kilikien und Isaurien, 315–30; ODB 2:1150.

The Zacos specimen is decorated on the obverse with a griffin facing right.

Cheynet (Collection D. Theodoridis, p. 130) suggests that this specimen dates to the eleventh century and belongs to a Michael Koutrikes (Kourtikios), tourmarches. Reading the final word as a toponym rather than as a patronym is preferred here.