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John hypatos and dioiketes of Cyprus (eighth/ninth century)

Accession number BZS.1958.106.2033
Diameter 24 mm
Condition Blank too small for die. Break along the channel, which runs from 1 o'clock to 7 o'clock.
Previous Editions

DO Seals 2, no. 38.5.
Zacos-Veglery, no. 2020.
Cf. similar seals, possibly from the same boulloterion, illustrated in Sig., 304, no. 1.


Cruciform invocative monogram (type V?). No visible border. In the four quarters: ΤΣ|Δ..

Θεοτόκε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ


Inscription of four lines. No visible border.


Ἰωάννῃ ὑπάτῳ (καὶ) διοικητ Κύπρου


Θεοτόκε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ Ἰωάννῃ ὑπάτῳ καὶ διοικητῇ Κύπρου.

Mother of God, help your servant John hypatos and dioiketes of Cyprus.


Another seal of Eustathios hypatos and dioiketes of Cyprus, also dated 8th/9th century, is published by Zacos-Veglery (no. 1895). The dioiketes of Cyprus was obviously in charge of collecting the Byzantine share of the Cypriot tax: to judge from the preserved seals, he appears to be an official of the Byzantine state, not of any local administration.