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Constantine So..., spatharokandidatos, asekretis, and grand kourator of Mytilene (eleventh century)

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.1076
Diameter 19 mm
Condition Lead too small for matrix.
Previous Editions

DO Seals 2, no. 51.4.

Obverse

Inscription of four lines. Border of dots.

..Ε,Θ,
..ΣΔ,
..̅Ν̅ΣΠΑ
..ΚΑΝ

Κύριε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ Κωνσταντίνῳ σπαθαροκανδιδάτῳ

Reverse

Inscription of four lines. Border of dots.

ΑΣΗ...
Τ,Κ..
ΗΤΥΛ..
ΤΣ

ἀσηκρῆτις καὶ μεγάλῳ κουράτορι Μητυλήνης τῷ Σω....

Translation

Κύριε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ Κωνσταντίνῳ σπαθαροκανδιδάτῳ, ἀσηκρῆτις καὶ μεγάλῳ κουράτορι Μητυλήνης τῷ Σω....

Lord, help your servant Constantine So...., spatharokandidatos, asekretis, and grand kourator of Mytilene.

Commentary

Zacos, Seals II, no. 252, published the seal of another megas kourator of Mytilene named Nikephoros.

The main city of the island of Lesbos, Mytilene, gave its name to the whole island before the 6th century, but the old name was also used concurrently. The second city of the island was Methmyna (see DO Seals 2, § 52).

In the 9th century, the island of Mytilene constituted a separate fiscal entity, with a separate dioiketes (nos. DO Seals 2, 51.1 and 51.2, and Zacos-Veglery, no. 3135); by the middle of the century it seems to have become the seat of a strategos (AnalBoll 18 [1899] 253, 258: undoubtedly of the Aigaion Pelagos), and from an archbishopric it became the seat of a metropolitan (in the second half of the 9th century: Laurent, Corpus V/1, 573). The existence of imperial domains constituting a kouratoreia can be deduced from our seals DO Seals 2, 51.4 and 51.5. In the 11th century, the kourator was a certain moment entrusted (temporarily?) with the administration and the defense of the island (Alexiade II, 110).

See Laurent, Corpus V/1, 573-74; Fedalto, 215-17; Malamut, Iles, passim, esp. 232-36, 274-75, 311, 321, 338, 367, 499-500; ODB II, 1219.

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.1076
Diameter 19 mm
Condition Lead too small for matrix.
Previous Editions

DO Seals 2, no. 51.4.

Notes

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.1076
Diameter 19 mm
Condition Lead too small for matrix.
Previous Editions

DO Seals 2, no. 51.4.

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