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John spatharokandidatos, asekretis, and judge of Boleron, Strymon, and Thessalonica (eleventh century)

Accession number BZS.1947.2.168
Diameter 21 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 1, no. 18.24a.

Obverse

Inscription of four lines followed by decoration. Border of dots.

ΚΕ,
ΤΣΔ
Ι̅̅ΣΠΑΘ.
.ΚΑΝΔ.

Κύριε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ Ἰωάννῃ σπαθαροκανδιδάτῳ

Reverse

Inscription of five lines followed by decoration. Border of dots.

ΗΚΡΗ
ΚΡΙΤΗ
ΟΛΕΡΣΤΡ,
.Ν,ΘΕ
ΑΛΟΝΙ.

ἀσηκρῆτις, κριτῇ Βολεροῦ, Στρυμῶνος καὶ Θεσαλονίκης

Translation

Κύριε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ Ἰωάννῃ σπαθαροκανδιδάτῳ, ἀσηκρῆτις, κριτῇ Βολεροῦ, Στρυμῶνος καὶ Θεσαλονίκης.

Lord, help your servant John spatharokandidatos, asekretis, (and) judge of Boleron, Strymon, and Thessalonica.

Commentary

In Athonite documents of the middle of the eleventh century, which is the date of this seal, we find:

(1) John spatharokandidatos and judge of Boleron, Strymon, and Thessalonica, firmly dated to June 1042: Iviron I, no. 27. We know this official's seal (Oikonomides, Dated Seals, no. 85), which is completely different from the present one (it is decorated with a bust of St. John the Baptist).

(2) John asekretis and anagrapheus of Boleron, Strymon, and Thessalonica, before August 1047: Iviron I, no. 29, lines 1-2.

(3) John asekretis, judge, and anagrapheus of Boleron, Strymon, and Thessalonica, before 1047: Lavra I, no. 39, line 2.

(4) John asekretis, imperial notarios, and anagrapheus of Boleron, Strymon, and Thessalonica, ὁ τοῦ ἀπὸ εἰδικῶν, August 1044 (?): Actes de Saint-Pantéléèmôn, ed. P. Lemerle, G. Dagron, S. Ćirković (Paris, 1982), no. 3.

All these, and the individual attested by the present seal, could have been the same person (as has been assumed up to now) or possibly two different persons who held office at proximate dates.

Accession number BZS.1947.2.168
Diameter 21 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 1, no. 18.24a.

Notes

Accession number BZS.1947.2.168
Diameter 21 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 1, no. 18.24a.