The Mysterious Seal of Alexios Komnenos from Tamatarcha

19 Pages Posted: 26 Jul 2014 Last revised: 28 Jul 2014

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Viktor Chkhaidze

Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS)

Denis Kashtanov

Independent

Andrey Vinogradov

National Research University Higher School of Economics

Date Written: July 25, 2014

Abstract

This research concerns the unique seal of a Byzantine aristocrat named Alexios Komnenos found in Tamatarcha (modern Taman’), which has only one parallel from Trebizond. The authors explain the meaning of images on the seal (the resurrection on its obverse and St George leading a warrior by the hand on its reverse) as an ideological program of the restoration of Byzantine power over Jerusalem. The warrior representing Alexios Komnenos is identified not as Alexios I Great Komenos of Trebizond (as usual), but as Alexios, son of the Emperor John II Komnenos, and the seal is re-dated from 13th to 12th century. Its find on the Taman’ peninsula corresponds with Byzantine political activity in this region.

Keywords: Byzantium, Taman’, sigillography, Medieval History, Trebizond, Jerusalem

Suggested Citation

Chkhaidze, Viktor and Kashtanov, Denis and Vinogradov, Andrey, The Mysterious Seal of Alexios Komnenos from Tamatarcha (July 25, 2014). Higher School of Economics Research Paper No. WP BRP 57/HUM/2014. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2471445 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2471445

Viktor Chkhaidze

Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS) ( email )

Leninsky Ave, 14
Moscow, 119991
Russia

Denis Kashtanov

Independent ( email )

Andrey Vinogradov (Contact Author)

National Research University Higher School of Economics ( email )

Myasnitskaya street, 20
Moscow, Moscow 119017
Russia

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