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Gregory imperial spatharokandidatos and tourmarches of Adrianoupolis (tenth century)

 
 

Obverse

Patriarchal cross on a schematically rendered mount (explicit reference to Calvary, cf. Grierson, Coins, 36) with X on first transverse bar and fleurons (up to the first arm). Along the border of dots, inscription.

ΚΕΟΗ.......ΥΛΟ

Κύριε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλο

Reverse

Inscription of six lines. No visible border.

ΡΗ
ΗˊΣΠ
ΑΘΑΡΟΚΑΝ
ΔΤΡΟΜΑ
ΡΧΗΑΔΡΗ
ΑΝΟΠΟΛˊ

Γρηγορήῳ βασιλικῷ σπαθαροκανδιδάτῳ καὶ τρομάρχῃ Ἀδρηανοπόλεως

Obverse

Patriarchal cross on a schematically rendered mount (explicit reference to Calvary, cf. Grierson, Coins, 36) with X on first transverse bar and fleurons (up to the first arm). Along the border of dots, inscription.

ΚΕΟΗ.......ΥΛΟ

Κύριε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλο

Reverse

Inscription of six lines. No visible border.

ΡΗ
ΗˊΣΠ
ΑΘΑΡΟΚΑΝ
ΔΤΡΟΜΑ
ΡΧΗΑΔΡΗ
ΑΝΟΠΟΛˊ

Γρηγορήῳ βασιλικῷ σπαθαροκανδιδάτῳ καὶ τρομάρχῃ Ἀδρηανοπόλεως

Accession number BZS.1955.1.1458
Diameter 18.0 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 1, no. 44.9.

Translation

Κύριε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλο Γρηγορήῳ βασιλικῷ σπαθαροκανδιδάτῳ καὶ τρομάρχῃ Ἀδρηανοπόλεως.

Lord, help your servant Gregory imperial spatharokandidatos and tourmarches of Adrianoupolis.

Commentary

There are four Byzantine cities named Adrianoupolis that were also seats of bishops (see Darrouzès, Notitiae, index, s.v.). Presumably all four were also important enough to be seats of tourmarchai. We prefer to attribute our seals to the metropolis of Haemimontus because this city is known to have been a center of both civil and military administration. But this attribution is by no means certain.