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Kosmas stratelates and general kommerkiarios of First and Second Cappadocia (687/8)

Accession Number:
BZS.1958.106.656

Previous Editions

DO Seals 43.7a.

Zacos-Veglery, no. 160.

Details

Diameter:
34 mm
Condition:
Broken along the channel. This is the first half.

Obverse

Kosmas stratelates and general kommerkiarios of First and Second Cappadocia (687/8)

An emperor, no doubt Justinian II, standing frontally; details obscure. Indiction signs on either side: ι-α. Circular inscription within an incuse border, beginning at right:

κοσμστρτιλτSγενι..

Κοσμᾶ στρατιλάτου (καὶ) γενι[κοῦ]

Reverse

Kosmas stratelates and general kommerkiarios of First and Second Cappadocia (687/8)

Inscription of seven lines. Incuse border.

κομ
μερκιρ
ιουποθ
ηκησˊS
Βˊκππ
δοκι
σ

κομμερκιαρίου ἀποθήκης αˊ (καὶ) βˊ Καππαδοκίας

Translation

Ἰνδικτιὼν αˊ.    Κοσμᾶ στρατιλάτου καὶ γενικοῦ κομμερκιαρίου ἀποθήκης αˊ καὶ βˊ Καππαδοκίας.

Indiction 1.      Kosmas, stratelates and general kommerkiarios of the First and Second Cappadocia.

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Commentary

This seal and BZS.1958.106.671 represent two parts of the same seal; the reading combines the two separated halves.

The date and the identity of the emperor have been securely established by Zacos-Veglery thanks to the career of Kosmas. The same Kosmas exercised a second mandate over the two Cappadocias in 690/691. Another seal of the same person was published by J.-C. Cheynet in Spink Auction 127 (7 October 1998), no. 12.

 

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