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John Doukas, sebastos and megas hetaireiarches (twelfth century, second half)

 
 

Obverse

Inscription of five lines, a cross above. Border of dots.

ḳυροι
σρι
τσγρ
σι
Νσ

κυροῖ σφραγῖδι τὰς γραφὰς Ἰωάννης

Reverse

Inscription of five lines. Border of dots.

ουκσ
σεοσ
ετιρειρ̣
χησμε
γσ

Δούκας σεβαστὸς ἑταιρειάρχης μέγας

Obverse

Inscription of five lines, a cross above. Border of dots.

ḳυροι
σρι
τσγρ
σι
Νσ

κυροῖ σφραγῖδι τὰς γραφὰς Ἰωάννης

Reverse

Inscription of five lines. Border of dots.

ουκσ
σεοσ
ετιρειρ̣
χησμε
γσ

Δούκας σεβαστὸς ἑταιρειάρχης μέγας

Accession number BZS.1958.106.5592
Diameter 30.0 mm; field: 28.0 mm
Previous Editions

Cf. Wassiliou-Seibt, Siegel mit metrischen Legenden I, no. 1170.

Translation

κυροῖ σφραγῖδι τὰς γραφὰς Ἰωάννης Δούκας σεβαστὸς ἑταιρειάρχης μέγας.

With this seal the sebastos and megas hetaireiarches John Doukas authenticates his correspondence.

Commentary

This seal should be dated within the years between 1170 and 1183. On the owner, see A.F. Stone, "The Grand Hetaireiarch John Doukas: the career of a late twelfth-century soldier and diplomat," Byzantion 69 (1999), 145-64.