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Constantine komes (tenth/eleventh century)

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.1206
Diameter 1 mm


Bust of St. Nicholas holding a book. Inscription: .|.Ι̣|Κ̣ΟΛ|ΑΟ|Σ: [ὁ ἅ(γιος) Ν]ικολάος. Border of dots.


Inscription of three lines, preceded and followed by decoration. Border of dots.


Κ(ύρι)ε β(οή)[θ(ει)] Κων(σταντίνῳ) κόμιτι


Κύριε βοήθει Κωνσταντίνῳ κόμιτι.

Lord, help Constantine komes.


There is some uncertainty with the reading. Constantine could have been either a komes, a term for a number of subordinate officers in the army and navy, or he could have had the surname Komes or Komites. The absence of a direct article suggests that we should read the word as an office, though we cannot be completely sure.