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New Evidences of Bulgarian-Byzantine Trade Relations in the Late VIII – the Beginning of the IX Century


Authors:
Stella Doncheva BAS, Bulgaria
Nikolay Nikolov Konstantin Preslavsky University of Shumen, Bulgaria

Pages: 175-178

Abstract:

The object of this work are two seals, one of which has been registered so far with one copy and the other is unmatched among the famous monuments. These are two early seals of kommerkiarios in Thessalonici and Debeltos, chronological relating to the period VIII – IX century. The new monument is the earliest known until now print imperial komerkiariya on which is printed the image of Emperor Nikifor I. However, if we exclude the probability of their random nature, finding them in such “non-traditional” for these monuments environment as appearing medieval settlement near the village Duhovets and surroundings of Kotel, indicates the presence of trade relations between those places and komerkiariya in Thessaloniki and Thrace (Adrianople). These findings and others like them, are proof of the existence of formal relationship not only with big and famous urban centers but also in smaller settlements.

Keywords:

seals, Emperor Nikifor I, Empress Irina, Thessaloniki, Debeltos

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