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Hermes imperial protospatharios and tourmarches of Thessalonica (ninth century)

Accession number BZS.1958.106.5333
Diameter 31 mm
Condition Cracked along channel (rev.).
Previous Editions

DO Seals 1, no. 18.78.
Zacos-Veglery, no. 2558.

Obverse

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

Θεοτόκε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ

Reverse

Inscription of four lines. Wreath border.

ΕΡΜΗ
ΒΣΠΘ
ΤΡΜΡ
ΘΕΣΣ

Ἑρμῇ βασιλικῷ πρωτοσπαθαρίῳ καὶ τουρμάρχῃ Θεσσαλονίκης

Translation

Θεοτόκε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ Ἑρμῇ βασιλικῷ πρωτοσπαθαρίῳ  καὶ τουρμάρχῃ Θεσσαλονίκης.

Theotokos, help your servant Hermes imperial protospatharios and tourmarches of Thessalonica.

Commentary

The expression "tourmarches of Thessalonica" would indicate the commander of the army that was recruited and stationed in the city, as opposed to the other tourmarchai of the theme of Thessalonica, such as the tourmarches of the Bulgarians in Chalkidiki (cf. DO Seals 1, § 20). See the commentary on DO Seals 1, no. 71.39.

Accession number BZS.1958.106.5333
Diameter 31 mm
Condition Cracked along channel (rev.).
Previous Editions

DO Seals 1, no. 18.78.
Zacos-Veglery, no. 2558.

Notes

Accession number BZS.1958.106.5333
Diameter 31 mm
Condition Cracked along channel (rev.).
Previous Editions

DO Seals 1, no. 18.78.
Zacos-Veglery, no. 2558.

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