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Baanes patrikios, magistros and komes of Hieron (seventh/eighth century)

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.2341
Diameter 30 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 3, no. 81.1.
Cf. Zacos-Veglery, no. 3212.


Cruciform invocative monogram (type VIII). In the quarters: .Δ|..Σ. No visible border. 

Κύριε βοήθει τῷ δούλῳ σου


Inscription of five lines. No visible border.


Βαάνῃ πατρικίῳ, μαγίστρ, καὶ κόμιτι τοῦ Ὑεροῦ


Κύριε βοήθει τῷ δούλῳ σου Βαάνῃ πατρικίῳ, μαγίστρῳ, καὶ κόμιτι τοῦ Ὑεροῦ.

Lord, help your servant Baanes patrikios, magistros, and komes of Hieron.


Hieron (modern Anadolu kavak) on the eastern shore of the entrance to the Bosporus from the Black Sea, was the seat of a customs official (komes) appointed there permanently from the time of Justinian I and still attested at the beginning of the ninth century: Janin, CPbyz., 441-42; Bibicou, Douanes, 78-79, 203; Ahrweiler, Mer, 75-76. We know of one further eighth-century komes of Hieron named George (Zacos-Veglery, no. 1333).