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Tarasios hypatos and archon of the Kyberiotai (eighth century)

Accession number BZS.1955.1.663
Diameter 31 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 2, no. 59.1a.

Obverse

Cruciform invocative monogram (type V); in the four angles: ΤΑΡΑ|ΣΙΩ. Wreath border.

Θεοτόκε βοήθει Ταρασίῳ

Reverse

Inscription of five lines. Wreath border.

ΥΠ
ΤΩΡΧ
ΟΝΤΙΤΩ
ΝΚΥΒΕΡΙ
ΟΤΩΝ

ὑπάτῳ καὶ ἄρχοντι τῶν Κυβεριοτῶν

Translation

Θεοτόκε βοήθει Ταρασίῳ ὑπάτῳ καὶ ἄρχοντι τῶν Κυβεριοτῶν.

Theotokos, help Tarasios hypatos and archon of the Kyberiotai.

Commentary

The owner of the present seal was a rather high official as he bears the title of hypatos, still important in the 8th century. We can only speculate about his powers because the present seal has no parallel and dates from a period in which it is uncertain (although seems to us very probably) if a strategos of the Kibyrraiotai had already been appointed. We wonder whether Tarasios had authority only over the city of Kibyrra (which gave its name to the theme) or whether he was not in charge of a specific group of inhabitants of the region, who, for some reason, had their own commander, such as the Mardaïtai with their katepano (DO Seals 2, § 70).

Accession number BZS.1955.1.663
Diameter 31 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 2, no. 59.1a.