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George patrikios and Theophylaktos, general kommerkiarioi of the apotheke of the Hellespont (708/709)

Accession Number:
BZS.1958.106.658

Previous Editions

DO Seals 3, no. 47.1.

Zacos-Veglery, no. 206; Dated Seals, no. 27.

Details

Diameter:
32 mm

Obverse

George patrikios and Theophylaktos, general kommerkiarioi of the apotheke of the Hellespont (708/709)

On the upper half, busts of two emperors (the one on the left is bearded) holding between them a cross potent mounted on a base of two steps. They are undoubtedly Justinian II (685-695, 705-711) and his son Tiberios (705-711). On either side is the indiction year: . On the lower half, there is an inscription of four lines. Wreath border.

γργιουπ
ατρικιου
Sθοφυλ
ακτου

Γεωργίου πατρικίου (καὶ) Θεοφυλάκτου

Reverse

George patrikios and Theophylaktos, general kommerkiarioi of the apotheke of the Hellespont (708/709)

Inscription of five lines. Wreath border.

γνι
κνκο
ρκιαρι
ναποθηκησ
λλισπ.
.τ

γενικῶν κομμερκιαρίων ἀποθήκης [Ἑ]λλισπ[όν]τ[ου]

Translation

Ἰνδικτιὼν ζ'.

Indiction 6.

Γεωργίου πατρικίου καὶ Θεοφυλάκτου γενικῶν κομμερκιαρίων ἀποθήκης Ἑλλισπόντου.

(Seal of) George the patrikios and Theophylaktos, general kommerkiarioi of the apotheke of the Hellespont.

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Commentary

The identification of the emperors is based on the resemblance of their effigies to those of Justinian II and Tiberios as they appear on their seal (Zacos-Veglery, no. 29) and on their coins (Grierson, Catalogue II/2, pl. 43), including the detail that the child's hand is placed above that of the father.

This is the Roman province of the Hellespont, the name of which was in current use on seals of kommerkiarioi of the late seventh and early eighth centuries: Zacos-Veglery I, 176-77.

 

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