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John hypatos and dioiketes of Cyprus (eighth/ninth century)

 
 

Obverse

Cruciform invocative monogram (type V?). No visible border. In the four quarters: ΤΣ|Δ..

Θεοτόκε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ

Reverse

Inscription of four lines. No visible border.

ΙΑΝ
ΗΥΠΑΤ
ΔΙΟΙΚΗΤ /
.ΥΠΡ

Ἰωάννῃ ὑπάτῳ (καὶ) διοικητ Κύπρου

Obverse

Cruciform invocative monogram (type V?). No visible border. In the four quarters: ΤΣ|Δ..

Θεοτόκε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ

Reverse

Inscription of four lines. No visible border.

ΙΑΝ
ΗΥΠΑΤ
ΔΙΟΙΚΗΤ /
.ΥΠΡ

Ἰωάννῃ ὑπάτῳ (καὶ) διοικητ Κύπρου

Accession number BZS.1958.106.2033
Diameter 24.0 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 2, no. 38.5.
Zacos-Veglery, no. 2020.
Cf. similar seals, possibly from the same boulloterion, illustrated in Sig., 304, no. 1.

Translation

Θεοτόκε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ Ἰωάννῃ ὑπάτῳ καὶ διοικητῇ Κύπρου.

Mother of God, help your servant John hypatos and dioiketes of Cyprus.

Commentary

Another seal of Eustathios hypatos and dioiketes of Cyprus, also dated 8th/9th century, is published by Zacos-Veglery (no. 1895). The dioiketes of Cyprus was obviously in charge of collecting the Byzantine share of the Cypriot tax: to judge from the preserved seals, he appears to be an official of the Byzantine state, not of any local administration.