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Kosmas higoumenos and exarch of Hellas (tenth century)

Accession number BZS.1958.106.85
Diameter 25 mm
Field diameter 19 mm
Condition Cracked at channel openings and through middle (obv.).
Previous Editions

DO Seals 2, no. 8.63a.
Laurent, Corpus V/1, no. 243.

Obverse

Patriarchal cross on three steps. Between two concentric circles of dots, the inscription.

ΚΕΟΗΘΗΤΣΔΟΥΛ

Κύριε βοήθη τῷ σῷ δούλῳ

Reverse

Inscription of five lines. Border of dots.

ΚΟΣΜ
ΗΓΟΥΜΣΝ
ΕΞΡΧ
ΕΛΛΔΟΣ
ΜΗΝ

Κοσμᾷ ἡγουμέν καὶ ἐξάρχῳ Ἑλλάδος. Ἀμήν.

Translation

Κύριε βοήθη τῷ σῷ δούλῳ Κοσμᾷ ἡγουμένῳ καὶ ἐξάρχῳ Ἑλλάδος. Ἀμήν.

Lord, help your servant Kosmas higoumenos and exarch of Hellas. Amen.

Commentary

Note how the engraver mistakenly rendered Σ for Ε in the second line. The term "exarch" denotes a special delegate of the patriarch sent to Hellas for a fixed time and purpose (cf. Laurent, Corpus V/1, 163). In the case of Kosmas, who was a monk and higoumenos, he may have been an exarch of the monasteries with authority over the patriarchal institutions of the whole theme of Hellas, which contained many ecclesiastical dioceses (cf. ODB II, 766).

Accession number BZS.1958.106.85
Diameter 25 mm
Field diameter 19 mm
Condition Cracked at channel openings and through middle (obv.).
Previous Editions

DO Seals 2, no. 8.63a.
Laurent, Corpus V/1, no. 243.

Notes

Accession number BZS.1958.106.85
Diameter 25 mm
Field diameter 19 mm
Condition Cracked at channel openings and through middle (obv.).
Previous Editions

DO Seals 2, no. 8.63a.
Laurent, Corpus V/1, no. 243.