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Kosmas higoumenos and exarch of Hellas (tenth century)

Accession Number:
BZS.1958.106.85

Previous Editions

DO Seals 2, no. 8.63a.
Laurent, Corpus V/1, no. 243.

Details

Diameter:
25 mm
Field:
19 mm
Condition:
Cracked at channel openings and through middle (obv.).

Obverse

Kosmas higoumenos and exarch of Hellas (tenth century)

Patriarchal cross on three steps. Between two concentric circles of dots, the inscription.

ΚΕΟΗΘΗΤΣΔΟΥΛ

Κύριε βοήθη τῷ σῷ δούλῳ

Reverse

Kosmas higoumenos and exarch of Hellas (tenth century)

Inscription of five lines. Border of dots.

ΚΟΣΜ
ΗΓΟΥΜΣΝ
ΕΞΡΧ
ΕΛΛΔΟΣ
ΜΗΝ

Κοσμᾷ ἡγουμέν καὶ ἐξάρχῳ Ἑλλάδος. Ἀμήν.

Translation

Κύριε βοήθη τῷ σῷ δούλῳ Κοσμᾷ ἡγουμένῳ καὶ ἐξάρχῳ Ἑλλάδος. Ἀμήν.

Lord, help your servant Kosmas higoumenos and exarch of Hellas. Amen.

Audio

Commentary

Note how the engraver mistakenly rendered Σ for Ε in the second line. The term "exarch" denotes a special delegate of the patriarch sent to Hellas for a fixed time and purpose (cf. Laurent, Corpus V/1, 163). In the case of Kosmas, who was a monk and higoumenos, he may have been an exarch of the monasteries with authority over the patriarchal institutions of the whole theme of Hellas, which contained many ecclesiastical dioceses (cf. ODB II, 766).

 

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