You are here: Home / Publications & Online Resources / Byzantine Seals / Search the Catalogue / John (?) apo eparchon and general kommerkiarios of the apotheke of Aigaion Pelagos (711-713)

John (?) apo eparchon and general kommerkiarios of the apotheke of Aigaion Pelagos (711-713)

Accession Number:
BZS.1958.106.667

Previous Editions

DO Seals 2, no. 40.22.

Details

Diameter:
32 mm
Condition:
Half missing. Overstruck (cf. commentary).

Obverse

John (?) apo eparchon and general kommerkiarios of the apotheke of Aigaion Pelagos (711-713)

Emperor Philippikos (711-713) standing frontally wearing a crown and loros, holding a globus cruciger and a long cross scepter. At the left, the indiction sign:  : νδικτιὼν .. Remains of a circular inscription beginning at 1 o'clock and continuing at 7 o'clock. No visible border.

Ι.......ΠΟΕΠΑΡΧ.

ωάννου ἀπὸ ἐπάρχων

Reverse

John (?) apo eparchon and general kommerkiarios of the apotheke of Aigaion Pelagos (711-713)

Inscription of six lines. No visible border.

Γ.Ν
ΚΟΜ.
ΚΙΑΡΙ.
ΠΟΘΗΚ
ΤΟΥΑΙΓ
ΠΕΛ
....

καὶ γενικοῦ κομμερκιαρίου ἀποθήκης τοῦ Αἰγαίου Πελάγους

Translation

Ἰνδικτιὼν ..
Ἰωάννου ἀπὸ ἐπάρχων καὶ γενικοῦ κομμερκιαρίου ἀποθήκης τοῦ Αἰγαίου Πελάγους.

Indiction ..
(Seal of) John apo eparchon and general kommerkiarios of the apotheke of Aigaion Pelagos.

Audio

Commentary

The present specimen is overstruck. The relationship of the understrike to the overstrike is approximately 190 degrees. Above the emperor's head on the obverse, the letters ΟΥΣ (πελάγους?) can be seen. On the reverse, along the left side, the letters Μ|Ο|Κ are visible. The specimen is not listed in J. Nesbitt, "Overstruck Seals in the Dumbarton Oaks Collection," SBS 2 (1990) 167-93.

Zacos-Veglery and Oikonomides identified the emperor displayed on this specimen as Philippikos. On gold coins and seals (Grierson, Catalogue II/2, pl. XLV; and Zacos-Veglery, no. 30), he is shown wearing the same hairstyle as here and likewise holds a globus cruciger in his right hand and a long scepter, surmounted by an eagle, over his left shoulder. The attribution of this specimen to Philippikos is further supported by the letter Ι at the top of the obverse, indicating the name of the official as Ioannes (John). Zacos-Veglery suggested that this must be John apo eparchon who was active at precisely this time and until the year 713/14. Seals of John apo eparchon are listed in Zacos-Veglery I, 157, table 12. Cf. also DO Seals 2, no. 40.23 (BZS 1958.106.659).

 

Document Actions