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Koropalates imperial protospatharios and strategos of Hexakomia (tenth/eleventh century)

Accession number BZS.1958.106.1068
Diameter 25 mm
Field diameter 21 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 4, no. 62.1.


Bust of St. Theodore holding a martyr's cross in his right hand and a spear in his left hand. Vertical inscription on either side: ο|θ|ε-ο|δ. : Ὁ (ἅγιος) Θεόδ(ωρος). Circular inscription within a border of dots.


Κ(ύρι)ε βοίθ(ει) τῷ σῷ δούλ(ῳ)


Inscription of five lines, decorations above and below. Border of dots.


Κοροπαλάτ(ῃ) β(ασιλικῷ) (πρωτο)σπαθ(αρίῳ) (καὶ) στρατ[ι]γ(ῷ) Ἑξακωμί(ας)


Κύριε βοίθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ Κοροπαλάτῃ βασιλικῷ πρωτοσπαθαρίῳ καὶ στρατιγῷ Ἑξακωμίας.

Lord, help your servant Koropalates, imperial protospatharios and strategos of Hexakomia.


One of the Armenian themes, the region of Hexakomia lay between Lykandos to the west and Melitene to the east. It seems that at some point in the eleventh century it also became the seat of a bishop: Basil of Hexakomia, no doubt an orthodox prelate, is known to us from his seal : Zacos, Seals II, no. 375, cf. N. Oikonomides, in REB 44 (1986) 263-267. In spite of this, Hexakomia is not mentioned in any known notitia episcopatuum. See Oikonomides, Listes, 360; “Organisation,” 290; Hild-Restle, Kappadokien, 190-191.