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Eugenios hypatos and komes tes kortes of Thessalonica (eighth/ninth century)

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.856
Diameter 28 mm
Condition Chipped at top and corroded.
Previous Editions

DO Seals 1, no. 18.27.

Obverse

Cruciform invocative monogram (of indeterminate type); discernible in the quarters: Δ.. No visible border.

Κύριε/Θεοτόκε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλ

Reverse

Inscription in four lines. Wreath border.

ΕΝΥΠ
ΚΟΤΚΟΡΤ
.ΕΣΑΛΟ
ΝΗΚ

Εὐγενίῳ ὑπάτῳ καὶ κόμητι τῆς κόρτης Θεσαλονήκης

Translation

Κύριε or Θεοτόκε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ Εὐγενίῳ ὑπάτῳ καὶ κόμητι τῆς κόρτης Θεσαλονήκης.

Lord or Theotokos, help your servant Eugenios hypatos and komes tes kortes of Thessalonica.

Commentary

The combination of the title of hypatos with that of komes tes kortes is not without parallels. Cf. Zacos-Veglery, no. 1422. The komes tes kortes (count of the tent) was a kind of chief-of-staff of the thematic strategos (Listes, 341). This seal, clearly earlier than the second quarter of the ninth century, would show that the theme of Thessalonica may have existed well before the dates that were mentioned below. But this is a hypothesis and cannot be considered a secure conclusion, as it is not impossible that even before the creation of the theme, the commander of Thessalonica had his own korte ("tent," staff) with its komes.

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.856
Diameter 28 mm
Condition Chipped at top and corroded.
Previous Editions

DO Seals 1, no. 18.27.

Notes

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.856
Diameter 28 mm
Condition Chipped at top and corroded.
Previous Editions

DO Seals 1, no. 18.27.

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