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Epiphanios imperial (proto?)spatharios and tourmarches of Thrace (ninth century)

Accession number BZS.1958.106.2714
Diameter 26 mm
Condition Half missing, broken along channel.
Previous Editions

DO Seals 1, no. 71.39.


Cruciform invocative monogram (probably type V); in the quarters: ΤΣ.|Δ. Indeterminate border.

Θεοτόκε βοήθει τῷ σ δούλῳ


Inscription in at least four lines. Indeterminate border.


Ἐπιφανίῳ βασιλικῷ πρωτο?σπαθαρίῳ καὶ τουρμάρχ Θρᾴκης


Θεοτόκε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ Ἐπιφανίῳ βασιλικῷ πρωτοσπαθαρίῳ καὶ τουρμάρχῃ Θρᾴκης.

Theotokos, help your servant Epiphanios imperial protospatharios and tourmarches of Thrace.


Another seal of a tourmarches of Thrace is published by Zacos-Veglery, no. 2623a. A tourmarches designated by the name of the theme in which he resided is not uncommon (cf. Zacos-Veglery I/3, 1900, s.v. τουρμάρχης: Anatolikoi, Boukellarioi, Hellas, Kibyrraioitai, etc.); he was probably in command of part of the theme's troops, presumably those recruited and stationed near the seat of the strategos. It may be that the tourmarches "of Thrace" commanded the troops of Arkadioupolis.