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Isidore chartoularios of Bithynia (seventh/eighth century)

 
 

Obverse

Cruciform monogram: central Ω and letters ΡΣΔ

Ἰσιδώρου

Reverse

Cruciform monogram: central Χ and letters ΛΤΡΑ  In the four corners: ΒΙΘΥ|ΝΙΑΣ

χαρτουλαρίου Βιθυνίας

Obverse

Cruciform monogram: central Ω and letters ΡΣΔ

Ἰσιδώρου

Reverse

Cruciform monogram: central Χ and letters ΛΤΡΑ  In the four corners: ΒΙΘΥ|ΝΙΑΣ

χαρτουλαρίου Βιθυνίας

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.2674
Diameter 28.0 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 3, no. 76.1.
Zacos-Veglery, no. 2799.

Translation

Ἰσιδώρου χαρτουλαρίου Βιθυνίας.

(Seal of) Isidore chartoularios of Bithynia.

Commentary

The name of the Roman province Bithynia survived in the financial administrative vocabulary well into the tenth century, and was always distinguished from the neighboring Thynia (on the coast from the gulf of Nikomedeia to the estuary of the Sangarios, including Chalcedon: cf. Zacos-Veglery, nos. 253, 3161, to which add Speck, Bleisiegel, no. 152). A general survey: R. Janin, "La Bithynie sous l'Empire byzantin," EO 20 (1021) 168-82, 301-19. For other seals mentioning the province of Bithynia, see Zacos-Veglery I, 168; and BZS 1955.1.1563, 1958.106.1196.