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Andrew imperial spatharokandidatos and tourmarches of Paltos (tenth/eleventh centuries)

Accession number BZS 1958.106.2443
Diameter 21 mm
Condition Chipped and broken in half along the channel.
Previous Editions

DO Seals 5 no. 14.1


Cross potent. Traces of circular inscription along the circumference:


Κ(ύρι)ε βο[ήθει τῷ σ]ῷ δού[λῳ]


Inscription of five lines. Border of dots.


Άνδρέᾳ β(ασιλικῷ) σπαθα(ρο)κανδι[δ(άτῳ)] (καὶ) τουρμ[ά(ρχῃ)] Παλτ(οῦ)


Κύριε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ Άνδρέᾳ βασιλικῷ σπαθαροκανδιδάτῳ καὶ τουρμάρχῃ Παλτοῦ.

Lord, help your servant Andrew, imperial spatharokandidatos and tourmarches of Paltos.


The cross potent on a seal of this period is an archaic feature, reminiscent of the aniconic seals of the ninth century.

The seal of another tourmarches of Paltos, Eustathios (also imperial spatharokandidatos), likewise dating from the tenth/eleventh centuries, is published with an illustration in Sig., 318, no. 3. In Sig., the seal-owner was originally identified as "Eustratios," which is assumed to be a typo, as the illustration clearly reads "EVCTAΘ'". DO Seals 5 carried over the reading "Eustratios," which is corrected here.

The tourmarches of Paltos would have been under the authority of the strategos based at Zebel/Gabal: see Todt, “Region,” 418.