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Theodore apo eparchon and eparch of Italy (seventh century)

Accession number BZS.1947.2.95
Diameter 27 mm
Condition Corroded.
Previous Editions

DO Seals 1, no. 2.2.
Zacos-Veglery, no. 2923.

Obverse

Inscription of four lines preceded by a cross. Indeterminate border.


.ΕΟΤ
.ΚΕΟΗ
.ΕΙΘΕΟ
ΔΩΡ

Θεοτόκε βοήθει Θεοδώρου

Reverse

Inscription of five lines. Indeterminate border.


ΠΟΕ
ΠΡΧΩ.
ΚΙΕΠ.
ΧΙΤ
.Ι.

ἀπὸ ἐπάρχων καὶ έπάρχου Ἰταλίας

Translation

Θεοτόκε βοήθει Θεοδώρου ἀπὸ ἐπάρχων καὶ έπάρχου Ἰταλίας.

Theotokos, help Theodore apo eparchon and eparch of Italy.

Commentary

Similar seal published in Sig., 211 (= Laurent, Vatican, no. 99); the DO and Vatican specimens appear to be from the same boulloterion.

Laurent was of the opinion that ἐπάρχωον was a mistake for ἐξάρχου and attributed the seal to the exarch Theodore Calliop (643-ca. 645; 653-666; see Brown, Gentlemen, 277, Theodorus, no. 1). Although the combination of titles of ex-eparch (dignity) and eparch (distinction) is unusual, as Laurent notes eparchs almost always hold the rank of patrikios. Consequently, this seal likely presents an otherwise unknown praetorian prefect.

Accession number BZS.1947.2.95
Diameter 27 mm
Condition Corroded.
Previous Editions

DO Seals 1, no. 2.2.
Zacos-Veglery, no. 2923.

Notes

Accession number BZS.1947.2.95
Diameter 27 mm
Condition Corroded.
Previous Editions

DO Seals 1, no. 2.2.
Zacos-Veglery, no. 2923.