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George imperial protospatharios and archon of Chios (tenth century)

Accession number BZS.1958.106.4242
Diameter 23 mm
Field diameter 19 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 2, no. 41.2.
Cf. similar specimen, from the same boulloterion, in Zacos, Seals I, no. 154.

Obverse

Patriarchal cross on three steps with fleurons arising from base (up to first cross bar). Circular inscription between two borders of dots.

ΚΕΟΗΘΗΤΣΔΟΥΛ

Κύριε βοήθη τῷ σῷ δούλῳ

Reverse

Inscription of five lines. Border of dots.

ΓΕΟΡ
ΓΙΣΠ
ΘΡΡ
ΧΟΝΤΤ
ΣΧΙΟΥ

Γεοργίῳ βασιλικῷ πρωτοσπαθαρίῳ καὶ ἄρχοντι τς Χίου

Translation

Κύριε βοήθη τῷ σῷ δούλῳ Γεοργίῳ βασιλικῷ πρωτοσπαθαρίῳ καὶ ἄρχοντι τῆς Χίου.

Lord, help your servant George imperial protospatharios and archon of Chios.

Commentary

We know of three more seals of archontes Chiou (Sig., 196: imperial kourator and archon; Laurent, Orghidan, no. 204; Zacos, Seals II, no. 154), which are earlier than or contemporary to the present specimens. Malamut (Iles, 300) discusses the problem and wonders why this archon is not mentioned in the Taktikon Uspenskij. In fact, exactly at the point where the archontes are mentioned, this taktikon may have a lacuna of some letters or of a whole line (Listes, 57) in which several more archontes might well have been mentioned. Thus we shall not insist on the silence of the taktikon Uspenskij. We suppose that these archontes must have been similar to the ones of Cyprus. The mention of a kourator in Chios invites one to think of an imperial domain on the island, perhaps connected to the oikoproasteion mentioned in the tale of the foundation of Nea Moni (MM V, 445-46).

Accession number BZS.1958.106.4242
Diameter 23 mm
Field diameter 19 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 2, no. 41.2.
Cf. similar specimen, from the same boulloterion, in Zacos, Seals I, no. 154.

Notes

Accession number BZS.1958.106.4242
Diameter 23 mm
Field diameter 19 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 2, no. 41.2.
Cf. similar specimen, from the same boulloterion, in Zacos, Seals I, no. 154.

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