BYZANTINE LEAD SEAL/BLEISIEGEL OF CONSTANTINE STRATEGOS OF VOUKELLARIOI (8th c.)

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Seller: charmonas (508) 100%, Location: LIMASSOL, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 173630230433 0 0 1 71 409 Μονὴ Λεκατσᾶ 3 1 479 14.0 Normal 0 false false false EN-US JA X-NONE Interesting historically byzantine seal (8th cent.).Condition: Very Fine (as in pictures). Some roughness.Uncleaned. Attractive cream earthen patina. Diam.: 23/25 mm Weight: 16.95 gr. Obverse: Cruciform monogram ΘΕΟΤΟΚΕ ΒΟΗΘΕΙ, inscribed in corners: ΤΩ ΣΩ ΔΟΥΛΩ= Mother of God, help your servant.Reverse: Inscription in 4 lines: ΚΩΝΣΤΑΝΤΙΝΩ ΣΤΡ(ΑΤΗΓΩ) ΤΩΝ ΒΟΥΚΕΛ(ΛΑΡΙΩΝ)=Constantinos general of Voukellarioi.Bucellarii (the Latin plural of Bucellarius; literally "biscuit–eater", Greek: Βουκελλάριοι) is a term for a unit of soldiers in the late Roman and Byzantine empire, that were not supported by the state but rather by some individual such as a general or governor, in essence being his "household troops". These units were generally quite small, but, especially during the many civil wars, they could grow to number several thousand men. In effect, the bucellarii were small private armies equipped and paid by wealthy influential people. As such they were quite often better trained and equipped, not to mention motivated, than the regular soldiers of the time. In the 6th century, Belisarius, during his wars on behalf of Justinian, employed as many as 7,000 bucellarii. By this time, the bucellarii were well integrated into the main Roman army, and soon the term came to be applied indiscriminately to well-equipped cavalry troops. Thus, in the 7th century, when the military recruitment areas formed the basis for the Theme system, one of the first themata was that of the Boukellariōn, in the area of Paphlagonia and Galatia, with its capital at Ankara. A nice and rare piece, acquired in a European auction.Please check well photos for condition!No reserve, no returns! PLEASE NOTE: PAYMENT BY PAYPAL ONLY, AFTER 3-5 DAYS THE AUCTION HAS ENDED, OTHERWISE THE ITEM WILL BE RELISTED. SHIPPING AFTER PAYMENT CLEARING BY REGISTERED MAIL WITH TRACKING NO.I DO COMBINE SHIPPING. IN CASE OF MULTIPLE PURCHASES, DO NOT PAY UNTIL I SEND YOU AN INVOICE WITH A DEDUCTION IN SHIPPING COST. MANY THANKS FOR LOOKING MY ITEM. PLEASE HAVE ALSO A LOOK ON THE REST I HAVE ON EBAY. Condition: Condition Very Fine, as in pictures. Some roughness. Uncleaned. Attractive cream earthen patina. A 100% genuine piece., Cleaned/Uncleaned: Uncleaned, Modified Item: No, Grade: VF

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