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Kosmas imperial vestitor and dioiketes of Nikomedeia (ninth/tenth century)

Accession Number:
BZS.1958.106.874

Previous Editions

DO Seals 3, no. 83.1.

Details

Diameter:
26 mm
Condition:
Poorly printed on the sides

Obverse

Kosmas imperial vestitor and dioiketes of Nikomedeia (ninth/tenth century)

Cruciform invocative monogram (type V). In the quarters: ΤΣ|..Λ. Wreath border.

Θεοτόκε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ

Reverse

Kosmas imperial vestitor and dioiketes of Nikomedeia (ninth/tenth century)

Inscription of four lines. Wreath border.

+ΚΟΣΜΑ
.ΕΣΤΙΤ.Ρ,
.ΔΙΟΚΗ.Η
ΝΙΚ /Μ.

Κοσμᾷ βασιλικῷ βεστίτωρι (καὶ) διοικητῇ Νικομηδείας

Translation

Θεοτόκε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ Κοσμᾷ βασιλικῷ βεστίτωρι καὶ διοικητῇ Νικομηδείας.

Mother of God, help your servant Kosmas, imperial vestitor and dioiketes of Nikomedeia.

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Commentary

Nikomedeia (modern Izmit) was the traditional capital of Bithynia and of the "theme" of Optimatoi, a center of fiscal administration, agricultural produce, and trade. Situated on the shores of the gulf of Astakenos, in the immediate vicinity of Constantinople, the city received many foreigners and merchants (including the ones importing sheep for provisioning Constantinople; Book of the Prefect XV, 3); hence it had several private hospices and an imperial one (no. 83.4).

Nikomedeia was an ecclesiastical metropolis and always occupied the seventh hierarchical position even though the number of its suffragans fluctuated.

See Laurent, Corpus V/1, 268-69; Brandes, Städte, 123-33; ODB III, 1483-84.

 

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