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Theodore Maniakes, protospatharios and katepano of the basilikon (eleventh century)

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.1123
Diameter 1 mm
Condition One-third of seal is missing.
Previous Editions

Mentioned in Jordanov, Corpus 2, p. 275. PBW: Theodore 20332 (boulloterion 5538).

Obverse

Half-length depiction of the Mother of God, holding Christ on her left arm, and pointing to him with her right hand. No epigraphy visible. Border of dots.

Reverse

Inscription of six lines. Border of dots.

...οδ.
.ασπαθ..
.κατεπ..
.ασ,λ..
ομανι
ακ,

Θεοδώρος πρωτοσπαθάριος [(καὶ)] κατεπάνω τῶν βασιλικῶν ὁ Μανιάκης

Translation

Θεοδώρος πρωτοσπαθάριος καὶ κατεπάνω τῶν βασιλικῶν ὁ Μανιάκης.

Theodore Maniakes, protospatharios and katepano of the basilikon.

Commentary

This seal is the only attestation of Theodore Maniakes, but several other eleventh- and twelfth-century members of his family are known, from both seals and written sources; see I. Jordanov, Corpus 2, pp. 274–6.

The office was called the κατεπάνω or πρωτοσπαθάριος (ἐπὶ) τῶν βασιλικῶν, and, according to the Kleterologion of Philotheos, belonged to the stratarchai. He commanded the military unit from which came certain imperial dignitaries: spatharioi, kandidatoi of the hippodrome, and imperial mandatores. Oikonomides notes that the military activities of the unit are attested in several sources (Oikonomides, Listes, 328).

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.1123
Diameter 1 mm
Condition One-third of seal is missing.
Previous Editions

Mentioned in Jordanov, Corpus 2, p. 275. PBW: Theodore 20332 (boulloterion 5538).

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.1123
Diameter 1 mm
Condition One-third of seal is missing.
Previous Editions

Mentioned in Jordanov, Corpus 2, p. 275. PBW: Theodore 20332 (boulloterion 5538).

Notes

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.1123
Diameter 1 mm
Condition One-third of seal is missing.
Previous Editions

Mentioned in Jordanov, Corpus 2, p. 275. PBW: Theodore 20332 (boulloterion 5538).

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