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Pothos imperial protospatharios epi tou Chrysotriklinou, judge, anagrapheus and exaktor of Kos, Leros, and the Cycladic Islands (eleventh century)

Accession number BZS.1958.106.4258
Diameter 29 mm
Condition Two pieces, one of which is chipped along the side.
Previous Editions

DO Seals 2, no. 42.1.

Obverse

Inscription of five lines followed by an ornament. Border of dots.

.ΘΚΕ
Ο..ΠΟ

Θ,ΑΣΠ
Θ,ΕΠΙΤ.
ΛΚΡΙΤΗ

Θεοτόκε βοήθει Πόθῳ βασιλικῷ πρωτοσπαθαρίῳ ἐπὶ τοῦ Χρυσοτρικλίνου, κριτῇ

Reverse

Inscription of five lines followed by an ornament. Border of dots.

αναγρ
..ε..κτ,
.ο.λε
ρ,κ.κλα
δ,νησ,

ἀναγραφεῖ καὶξάκτωρι Κώου, Λέρου καὶ Κυκλάδων νήσων

Translation

Θεοτόκε βοήθει Πόθῳ βασιλικῷ πρωτοσπαθαρίῳ ἐπὶ τοῦ Χρυσοτρικλίνου, κριτῇ, ἀναγραφεῖ καὶ ἐξάκτωρι Κώου, Λέρου καὶ Κυκλάδων νήσων.

Theotokos, help Pothos imperial protospatharios epi tou Chrysotriklinou, judge, anagrapheus and exaktor of Kos, Leros, and the Cycladic Islands.

Commentary

It is clear that on this specimen the term Cyclades meant today's Dodecanese.

The Cyclades appear as a geographic/administrative entity in the late seventh century with two seals of kommerkiarioi (687/89, 696/97: Zacos-Veglery, nos. 163 [= our no. 42.5], 196). The name was later replaced by ton Neson, which appears on seals of kommerkiarioi of the early eighth century. The fiscal entity of the Cyclades (subordinate to Samos?) is still attested in the 9th century (DO Seals 2, no. 42.6), and the maritime theme of the Cyclades was formed after 949 and before the Taktikon of the Escorial (971-975; Listes, 361). We have some seals of strategoi and judges (Zacos, Seals II, nos. 287, 799, 992; Lihačev, Molivdovuly, 111; Corinth, no. 2752; on the contrary, Corinth, no. 2704, belongs to a strategos of Hellas; information kindly provided by A. Dunn). Other eleventh-century officials of this theme are mentioned in the documents of Patmos. Then the administrative unit of the Cyclades disappears in the twelfth century. Before that, in all cases where the term is used in an administrative context, Cyclades seem to mean the ancient province of Nesoi, centered in today's Dodecanese extending all the way to Lesbos (AnalBoll 18 [1899] 212).

Accession number BZS.1958.106.4258
Diameter 29 mm
Condition Two pieces, one of which is chipped along the side.
Previous Editions

DO Seals 2, no. 42.1.

Notes

Accession number BZS.1958.106.4258
Diameter 29 mm
Condition Two pieces, one of which is chipped along the side.
Previous Editions

DO Seals 2, no. 42.1.

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