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Alexios Komnenos, sebastos and doux of Dyrrachion (eleventh/twelfth century)

Accession Number:
BZS.1951.31.5.1397

Previous Editions

DO Seals 1, no. 12.1.
Zacos-Veglery, no. 2715.

Details

Diameter:
29 mm
Field:
25 mm
Weight:
18.44 g

Obverse

Alexios Komnenos, sebastos and doux of Dyrrachion (eleventh/twelfth century)

The Presentation of the Virgin in the Temple. Zacharias welcomes Mary, who is followed by Joachim and a group of four virgins, two of whom stand in the foreground holding candles; behind Zacharias are traces of Mary and an angel. In the background arise three baldachins; to the right, in the upper field, inscription: ΤΑ|ΑΓΙΑ|ΤΝΑ|ΓΙΝ: Τὰ ἅγια τῶν ἁγίων ("The holy of holies"). Border of dots.

Reverse

Alexios Komnenos, sebastos and doux of Dyrrachion (eleventh/twelfth century)

Inscription of seven lines; the final two letters between bars. Border of dots.

ΘΚΕ̅,Θ,
ΤΣΔΛ
ΑΛΕΙΣΕ
ΑΔ..
ΔΡΡΑΧΙ.
ΤΚΟΜΝ.
Ν

Θεοτόκε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλ Ἀλεξίῳ σεβαστῷ καὶ δουκὶ Δουρραχίου τῷ Κομνηνῷ

Translation

Θεοτόκε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ Ἀλεξίῳ σεβαστῷ καὶ δουκὶ Δουρραχίου τῷ Κομνηνῷ.

Theotokos, help your servant Alexios Komnenos, sebastos and doux of Dyrrachion.

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Commentary

Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Bequest of Thomas Whittemore.

This is quite likely the second son of Isaac the sebastokrator who was appointed doux of Dyrrachion in 1105/6. He still occupied this position in 1108, when he fought Norman besiegers to a standstill and, on behalf of Alexios I, negotiated peace terms with Bohemund. See Skoulatos, Personnages, 12-14, and Barzos, Komnenoi I, 147-54.

 

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