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Imperial kommerkion of the province of the Anatolikoi (736/737)

Accession Number:
BZS.1958.106.682

Previous Editions

DO Seals 3, no. 86.37.

Details

Diameter:
34 mm
Condition:
Broken on one side.

Obverse

Imperial kommerkion of the province of the Anatolikoi (736/737)

Half-length figures of Leo III (left) bearded, and Constantine V, beardless, holding between them a long cross set on a ball; both wear chlamys and a crown with a cross. Border of dots.

Reverse

Imperial kommerkion of the province of the Anatolikoi (736/737)

Inscription of seven lines. Border of dots.

..
.σιληκ
νκομμε
ρκιντν
επρχιν
τνντο
λικε

Τν βασιληκῶν κομμερκίων τῶν ἐπαρχιῶν τῶν Ἀνατολικῶν. Ἰνδικτιὼν εˊ.

Translation

Τῶν βασιληκῶν κομμερκίων τῶν ἐπαρχιῶν τῶν Ἀνατολικῶν. Ἰνδικτιὼν εˊ.

(Seal of) the imperial kommerkia of the eparchiae of the Anatolikoi. Indiction 5.

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Commentary

The identification of the emperors proposed by Zacos-Veglery poses no problem. At the end of the last line, Zacos-Veglery read an alpha and so dated the seal to 732/733; the letter is faint, but we discern a lunate shape, very similar to the Ε of line 3, with its lower end stopping almost at the vertical. There cannot be any doubt here concerning the meaning of the term Anatolikoi = the theme of that name. Cf. DO Seals 3. 86.16.

 

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