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John Xyleas anthypatos and strategos of Charsianon (eleventh century)

Accession number BZS.1955.1.3414
Diameter 22 mm
Field diameter 18 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 4, no. 40.17.


Bust of the Virgin orans with a medallion of Christ on her breast. Sigla: ̅-θ̅υ : Μ(ήτη)ρ Θ(εο)ῦ. Border of dots.


Inscription of six lines, a cross between two horizontal bars above. Border of dots.

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Θ(εοτό)κε β(οή)θ(ει) Ἰω(άννῃ) ἀνθυπάτ(ῳ) (καὶ) στρατηγ(ῷ) Χαρσυαν(οῦ) τῷ Ξυλέᾳ


Θεοτόκε βοήθει Ἰωάννῃ ἀνθυπάτῳ καὶ στρατηγῷ Χαρσυανοῦ τῷ Ξυλέᾳ.

Mother of God, help John Xyleas, anthypatos and strategos of Charsianon.


Charsianon, named so after a famous fortress, a tourma of the Armeniakon, elevated to the rank of kleisoura in the first half of the IXth c., became a theme between 863 and 873; it was assembled from sections of the neighboring themes of Boukellarion, Armeniakon and Cappadocia, and embraced the area north of Caesarea. A (grand?) doux of Charsianon, an Armenian, is attested in the late XIth c.: SBS 3 (1993) 205; cf. Seibt in Τὸ Ἐλληνικόν: Studies in Honor of Prof. Sp. Vryonis 2, 159-168. See Oikonomides, Listes, 348; Hild-Restle, Kappadokien, 163-65; D. Potache, “Le thème et la forteresse de Charsianon: recherches dans la région d’Akdagmadeni,” Geographica byzantina (Paris, 1981), 107-117; I. Beldiceanu-Steinherr, “Charsianon-Kastron/Qal’e-i Harsanos,” Byzantion 54 (1981) 410-29; Mikra Asia them., 299-305, 469-474 (St. Lampakes).