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Phokas imperial spatharokandidatos and tourmarches of the Peloponnesos (tenth century)

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.962
Diameter 21 mm
Field diameter 18 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 2, no. 22.42.

Obverse

Patriarchal cross (X on first crossing) on three steps with fleurons arising from base (up to first traverse bar). On pellet in each upper quarter. Circular inscription. Border of dots.

ΚΕΟΗΘΕΙΤΣ

Κύριε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ

Reverse

Inscription of five lines. Border of dots.

ΦΚ
..ΣΠΘ,Κ
ΝΚΤΡΟ
ΜΑΡΧΠΕΛ
ΟΠΟΝΙΣ

Φωκᾷ βασιλικῷ σπαθαροκανδιδάτῳ καὶ τρομάρχῃ Πελοπονίσου

Translation

Κύριε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ Φωκᾷ βασιλικῷ σπαθαροκανδιδάτῳ καὶ τρομάρχῃ Πελοπονίσου.

Lord, help your servant Phokas imperial spatharokandidatos and tourmarches of the Peloponnesos.

Commentary

We know of several more seals of tourmarchai of the Peloponnesos (Bon, Péloponnèse, 187, no. 8; 193, nos. 35, 37; Winkelmann, Ämterstruktur, 104), some of which, being of relatively early date, have been interpreted as showing that the Peloponnese had been a tourma of the theme of Hellas before becoming a theme in its own right. The present seal is certainly from the time that the theme of Peloponnesos existed and is mentioned as such by Constantine Porphyrogennetos: as there were several tourmarchai in each theme, we suppose that the one called "Peloponnesou" commanded part of the theme's troops, those of the seat of the strategos (i.e., of Corinth).

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.962
Diameter 21 mm
Field diameter 18 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 2, no. 22.42.

Notes

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.962
Diameter 21 mm
Field diameter 18 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 2, no. 22.42.

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