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Michael spatharokandidatos and tourmarches of Strobilos (eleventh century)

Accession number BZS.1958.106.5080
Diameter 25 mm
Condition Poor craftsmanship. Flattened on one side.
Previous Editions

DO Seals 2, no. 80.3.


Bust of St. George holding α spear and round shield. Inscription in two columns: |.ε|ορ|γ,|ο,: Ὁ ἅγιος Γεόργιος. No visible border.


Inscription of five lines. Border of dots.


Μιχαὴλ βασιλικῷ σπαθαροκανδιδάτῳ καὶ τρουμάρχ Στροβίλου


Μιχαὴλ βασιλικῷ σπαθαροκανδιδάτῳ καὶ τρουμάρχῃ Στροβίλου.

Michael imperial spatharokandidatos and toumarches of Strobilos.


Strobilos (today Aspat or Çufut kalesi) is a port and fortress on a conical hill overlooking the straits between the Karian coast and Kos; it is attested from the 8th century onward. It was the seat of an archon; in the 11th century at least, it became the seat of a tourmarches (DO Seals 2, no. 80.2 and 80.3). See Zakythinos, Meletai 25, 148-49; C. Foss, "Strobilos and Related Sites," Anatolian Studies 38 (1988) 147-74; ODB III, 1667-68.