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George dioiketes of Sarde (ninth century)

 
 

Obverse

Cruciform invocative monogram (type V). In the quarters: τ-σ|δ-λ. Wreath border.

Θεοτόκε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ

Reverse

Inscription of four lines. Wreath border.

γερ
.ιιοκ
ητησρ
ισ

Γεωρ[γ]ί διοικητῇ Σάρδις

Obverse

Cruciform invocative monogram (type V). In the quarters: τ-σ|δ-λ. Wreath border.

Θεοτόκε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ

Reverse

Inscription of four lines. Wreath border.

γερ
.ιιοκ
ητησρ
ισ

Γεωρ[γ]ί διοικητῇ Σάρδις

Accession number BZS.1958.106.3694
Diameter 28.0 mm; field: 21.0 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 3, no. 32.3a.

Zacos-Veglery, no. 1918.

Translation

Θεοτόκε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ Γεωργί διοικητῇ Σάρδις.

Mother of God, help your servant George, dioiketes of Sarde.

Commentary

This seal and BZS.1958.106.2318 come from the same boulloterion.

Sardeis (modern Sart), was capital of Lydia and seat of a metropolitan, attested since 325. The non-hellenic name appears on seals as well as in the notitiae in two main forms, the classical Σάρδεις, -εων, and the popular Σάρδη, ἦς, or non-declined Σάρδης (whenever in doubt, we have restored the classical form). From the seals we learn that it was also a fiscal center. See Laurent, Corpus V/1, 260-61 (add Zacos, Seals II, nos. 670, 869); Zgusta, 541-42; C. Foss, Byzantine and Turkish Sardis (Cambridge, Mass., 1976); Brandes, Städte, 86-88; ODB III, 1843.