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Kosmas apo hypaton and kommerkiarios of the apotheke of First Armenia (690/1)

Accession Number:
BZS.1958.106.679

Previous Editions

DO Seals 4, no. 74.2.

Zacos-Veglery, no. 162 (partly deciphered; dated 687/88).

Details

Diameter:
33 mm
Condition:
Corroded (obverse).

Obverse

Kosmas apo hypaton and kommerkiarios of the apotheke of First Armenia (690/1)

Justinian II standing frontally, bearded, wearing a chlamys and holding a globus. Indiction signs on either side: . On the right, remains of a circular inscription, beginning at one o'clock. No visible border.

.οσμ..

[Κ]οσμᾶ [απὸ]

Reverse

Kosmas apo hypaton and kommerkiarios of the apotheke of First Armenia (690/1)

Inscription of six lines. No visible border.

...
μερκι
ριουπο
.ηκισ̅
ρμενι

[ὑπάτων καὶ κομ]μερκιαρίου ἀπο[θ]ήκις αˊ Ἀρμενί[α]ς

Translation

Ἰνδικτιὼν δˊ.     Κοσμᾶ απὸ ὑπάτων καὶ κομμερκιαρίου ἀποθήκις αˊ Ἀρμενίας.

Indiction 4.     Kosmas apo hypaton and kommerkiarios of the apotheke of First Armenia.

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Commentary

Zacos-Veglery mistakenly read the indiction date as alpha and did not decipher the owner’s name.

The fourth indiction combined with the solitary standing emperor dates the seal securely to the year 690/691 (in the following years corresponding to a fourth indiction two emperors are represented on the seals of kommerkiarioi, Justinian I with Tiberios in 705/706 and Leo III with Constantine V in 720/721). The kommerkiarios Kosmas apo hypaton is well attested in that period (Zacos-Veglery I, 147-148, table 4); we restore the inscription following his other seals.

The term Armenia is used to designate the Roman provinces of that name.

 

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