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Michael, imperial spatharios and tourmarches of Kourikos (tenth century)

Accession number BZS.1958.106.4484
Diameter 26 mm
Condition Broken along channel. Chipped. Corroded.
Previous Editions

DO Seals 5 no. 8.2; for a similar seal: Zacos, Seals II, no. 937.

Obverse

Largely effaced. No inscription or sigla visible. Border of dots.

Reverse

Inscription of five lines followed by a row of pellets. Border of dots.

ΜΙΧ.
ΗΛ΄ΣΠΑΘ
.ΤΡΟΜΑΡ
Χ.ΤΟΥΚ
ΡΙΚΟΥ
··

Μιχ[α]ὴλ β(ασιλικῷ) σπαθ(αρίῳ) [(καὶ)] τρομάρχ(ῃ) τοῦ Κουρίκου.

Translation

Μιχαὴλ βασιλικῷ σπαθαρίῳ καὶ τρομάρχῃ τοῦ Κουρίκου.

(Lord or Mother of God, help your servant) Michael imperial spatharios and tourmarches of Kourikos.

Commentary

Initially an important naval base in the coastal theme of the Kibyrrhaiotai, Korykos was a tourma of Seleukeia during the ninth and tenth centuries. See Hild-Hellenkemper, Kilikien und Isaurien, 315–30; ODB 2:1150.

The Zacos specimen is decorated on the obverse with a griffin facing right.

Cheynet (Collection D. Theodoridis, p. 130) suggests that this specimen dates to the eleventh century and belongs to a Michael Koutrikes (Kourtikios), tourmarches. Reading the final word as a toponym rather than as a patronym is preferred here.

Accession number BZS.1958.106.4484
Diameter 26 mm
Condition Broken along channel. Chipped. Corroded.
Previous Editions

DO Seals 5 no. 8.2; for a similar seal: Zacos, Seals II, no. 937.

Accession number BZS.1958.106.4484
Diameter 26 mm
Condition Broken along channel. Chipped. Corroded.
Previous Editions

DO Seals 5 no. 8.2; for a similar seal: Zacos, Seals II, no. 937.

Notes

Accession number BZS.1958.106.4484
Diameter 26 mm
Condition Broken along channel. Chipped. Corroded.
Previous Editions

DO Seals 5 no. 8.2; for a similar seal: Zacos, Seals II, no. 937.

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