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John imperial spatharios and archon of Raidestos (tenth century)

Accession number BZS.1958.106.3502
Diameter 24 mm
Field diameter 18 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 1, no. 59.1.

Obverse

Patriarchal cross on four steps; on either side, fleuron (up to first arm). Along border of dots, inscription.

ΚΕΟΗΘΗΤΣΔΛ,

Κύριε βοήθη τῷ σῷ δούλ

Reverse

Inscription of five lines. Border of dots.

.ΙΝ
.ΣΠΘ.
ΡΧΟΝΡ
ΕΔΕΣΤΟ
Υ

Ἰωάννης βασιλικὸς σπαθάριος καὶ ἄρχον Ῥεδεστοῦ

Translation

Κύριε βοήθη τῷ σῷ δούλῳ. Ἰωάννης βασιλικὸς σπαθάριος καὶ ἄρχον Ῥεδεστοῦ.

Lord, help your servant. John imperial spatharios and archon of Raidestos.

Commentary

Modern Rodostos (Tekirdağ), located on the Sea of Marmara. Similar to its sister city of Panidos, Raidestos had its own archon in the tenth century. Also like Panidos, Raidestos was a center of the wheat trade, as illustrated by the notorious "phoundax of Raidestos," a monopoly over the wheat trade created by Emperor Michael VII. The commercial character of the city explains why it had so many tax collectors (dioiketai).

Accession number BZS.1958.106.3502
Diameter 24 mm
Field diameter 18 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 1, no. 59.1.

Notes

Accession number BZS.1958.106.3502
Diameter 24 mm
Field diameter 18 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 1, no. 59.1.

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