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Joseph Tarchaneiotes, proedros and doux of Antioch (1072–1074)

 
 

Obverse

Inscription of five lines, decorations above and below. Border of dots.


ΚΥΡΙ
ΕΟΗΘΕΙ
ΤΣ
ΙΣΙΦΠΡ.
ΕΡ


Κύριε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δού(λῳ) Ἰωσὶφ πρ[ο]έδρῳ

Reverse

Inscription of five lines, decorations above and below. Border of dots.


ΚΑΙ
..ΑΝΤΙ
..ΕΙΑΣ
..ΤΑΡΧΑ
.ΙΤΙ


καὶ δου[κὶ] Ἀντι[οχ]είας [τῷ] Ταρχα[ν]ιώτι.

Obverse

Inscription of five lines, decorations above and below. Border of dots.


ΚΥΡΙ
ΕΟΗΘΕΙ
ΤΣ
ΙΣΙΦΠΡ.
ΕΡ


Κύριε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δού(λῳ) Ἰωσὶφ πρ[ο]έδρῳ

Reverse

Inscription of five lines, decorations above and below. Border of dots.


ΚΑΙ
..ΑΝΤΙ
..ΕΙΑΣ
..ΤΑΡΧΑ
.ΙΤΙ


καὶ δου[κὶ] Ἀντι[οχ]είας [τῷ] Ταρχα[ν]ιώτι.

Accession number BZS 1958.106.5721
Diameter 23.0 mm; field: 18.0 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 5 no. 9.3; I. G. Leontiades, “Die Siegel der Familie Tarchaneiotes,” 44; idem, Tarchaneiotai, 44.

Translation

Κύριε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ Ἰωσὶφ προέδρῳ καὶ δουκὶ Ἀντιοχείας τῷ Ταρχανιώτι.

Lord, help your servant Joseph Tarchaneiotes, proedros and doux of Antioch.

Commentary

This is the Joseph Tarchaneiotes who deserted the emperor Romanos Diogenes before the battle of Manzikert in 1071. His career as governor of Antioch is well recorded by the historians: Laurent, “Gouverneurs d’Antioche,” no. 32.

A different seal of the same person, bearing a representation of St. Demetrios but recording the same inscription, was photographed in Antioch and is mentioned by Laurent, “Gouverneurs d’Antioche,” no. 32 (reproduced on pl. I); it is now published in Seyrig, no. 161.