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John domestikos of the Opsikion and of the Anatolikoi (tenth/eleventh century)

Accession number BZS.1947.2.1086
Diameter 20 mm
Condition Flat on the two sides.
Previous Editions

DO Seals 3, no. 86.17.
Laurent, Corpus II, no. 1082.


Inscription of three lines. Border of dots.


Κύριε βοήθει Ἰωάννῃ δομεστίκ


Inscription of three lines followed by a decoration. Indeterminate border.


τοῦ Ὀψικίου καὶ τῶν Ἀνατολικῶν


Κύριε βοήθει Ἰωάννῃ δομεστίκῳ τοῦ Ὀψικίου καὶ τῶν Ἀνατολικῶν.

Lord, help John, domestikos of the Opsikion and of the Anatolikoi.


Other seals of domestikoi of the Anatolikoi (but of an early date) are mentioned in SBS 3 (1993) 196, 202. The domestikos of the theme seems to have been the commander of a contingent of a tagma placed at the disposal of the strategos (Listes, 341; Zacos, Seals II, no. 351). Theophanes, 388, referring to the eighth century, mentions the domestikos "of the stratores of the strategos of the Anatolikoi," but this may be a different office. The present specimen is the first seal to our knowledge that mentions a domestikos of two themes; would this be because a sole contingent was operating in both themes at a time when they were far away from the frontier and well protected from any foreign threat?