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Sergios chartoularios and kommerkiarios of Presthlavitza (eleventh century)

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.1263
Diameter 25 mm
Field diameter 19 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 1, no. 78.3.
Oikonomides, Presthlavitza, no. 3. A seal with the similar legend, but from a different boulloterion, is published in Zacos, Seals II, no. 1043.

Obverse

Inscription of five lines. Border of dots.

..Ε̅,Θ,
.ΣΔ
ΣΕΡΓΙ
ΤΛ.
Ρ,

Κύριε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ Σεργίῳ χαρτουλαρίῳ

Reverse

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

·
ΚΟΥ
ΜΕΡΚ,Α.
.ΡΕΣΘΛ,
ΙΑΣ
·

καὶ κουμερκιαρίῳ Πρεσθλάβιτζας.

Translation

Κύριε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ Σεργίῳ χαρτουλαρίῳ καὶ κουμερκιαρίῳ Πρεσθλάβιτζας.

Lord, help your servant Sergios chartoularios and kommerkiarios of Presthlavitza.

Commentary

The seal published by Zacos, Seals II, no. 1043, has the spelling Πρισθλαβίτζας.

The literature concerning the probable location of "Little Preslav" is summarized in Oikonomides, Presthlavitza. The city could be placed at the mouth of the Danube River (at Prislava = Nufǎrul?). Established with its own strategos (DO Seals 1, no. 78.4), the city probably served as an entrepôt in trade between the Byzantines and the Rus during an eleventh century (hence the many seals of kommerkiarioi), only to decline in the twelfth, perhaps due to the development of new trade routes. I. Jordanov proposed that Preslavitza was also named Theodoroupolis by John Tzimiskes in 971, a name that disappeared when the city was recaptured by the Bulgars: I. Jordanov, "Koj bŭlgarski grad e bil narečen Teodoropol?" Vekove [1983] 58-62. But this point of view has been challenged by P. Diaconu, "Où se trouvait Théodoroupolis, nom consigné sur certains sceaux du Grand Preslav?" Vtori meždunaroden kongres po bŭlgaristika, Dokladi 6 (Sofia, 1987) 437-47.

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.1263
Diameter 25 mm
Field diameter 19 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 1, no. 78.3.
Oikonomides, Presthlavitza, no. 3. A seal with the similar legend, but from a different boulloterion, is published in Zacos, Seals II, no. 1043.

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.1263
Diameter 25 mm
Field diameter 19 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 1, no. 78.3.
Oikonomides, Presthlavitza, no. 3. A seal with the similar legend, but from a different boulloterion, is published in Zacos, Seals II, no. 1043.

Notes

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.1263
Diameter 25 mm
Field diameter 19 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 1, no. 78.3.
Oikonomides, Presthlavitza, no. 3. A seal with the similar legend, but from a different boulloterion, is published in Zacos, Seals II, no. 1043.

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