The Civil Administration of Byzantine Iberia According to the Seals
By Werner Seibt
Istoriani. Festschrift Roin Metreveli. (Tbilisi, 2009)
Introduction: It would be a quite hopeless task to search for new historical texts, but there is a large bulk of source material till now more or less neglected by many Byzantine and other historians of the Middle Ages, Byzantine lead seals. From some estimated 80 000 bulls much is still now unpublished, much is more or less well published, but even the published material can in many cases offer more and better information than achieved till now, as in the last decennia Byzantine sigilography saw an enormous progress. Specialists are nowadays able to establish lists of officers on certain posts in a chronological order (partly based on relatively chronology), which is e.g. of great value for the reconstruction of the provincial administration of the Byzantine Empire.