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« on: September 07, 2019, 05:42:49 am »

I acquired a new addition to my  collection of Byzantine seal with the name John.  It is quite large and weighs 28.98 mm 18.02 g.  On the obverse is a cruciform invocative monogram ΘΕΟΤΟΚΕ ΒΟΗΘΕΙ ΤΩ CΩ ΔΟΥΛΩ Mother of God, help your servant.  On the reverse, there is
 Greek_Iota  Greek_omega_small A3  Greek_Nu
 Greek_Nu  Greek_Eta  Greek_Delta  Greek_Iota  Greek_Omicron
 Greek_Kappa (damage)  Greek_Tau Greek_Eta
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I believe that the reverse reads John Dioketes - dioketes a type of tax collector,  Am I right?  Pogh_poor


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« Reply #1 on: September 09, 2019, 01:19:37 am »

Yes, you are correct. But the office is 'dioiketes' with an extra i after O. I think it is also on the seal, but you can't read it because of the off centre strike. A dioiketes was indeed a fiscal official. Usually, a provincial area of authority is mentioned on seals (like 'dioiketes of Sicily' for example), but as your seal show, these officials did always feel the need to specify their office further.
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« Reply #2 on: September 09, 2019, 07:45:09 am »

Thank you Gert for your confirmation of my identification of this nice seal.  Do you think that it dates to the 8th-9th Century?  Pogh_poor
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« Reply #3 on: September 10, 2019, 01:09:19 am »

Yes, these invocational monograms with legend in the corners start to appear in the 8th century, and stay in fashion during the 9th century. In the 10th/11th century they become rarer. From the lettering we can conclude this is an early example, 8th/early 9th century.
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« Reply #4 on: September 13, 2019, 10:43:53 am »

I just read that a dioiketes was a fiscal administrator responsible for the land-tax, usually in a single diocese
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