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Theodotos deacon and exarch of Paphlagonia (tenth century)

 
 

Obverse

Patriarchal cross (X at the lower crossbar) on indeterminate number of steps; fleurons rising on either side to the lower crossbar. At left and right, a pellet within a circle. Circular inscription, beginning at seven o'clock. Border of dots.

κεRοηθειτσδλˊ

Κ(ύρι)ε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλ(ῳ)

Reverse

Inscription of five lines. Border of dots.

θεο
δοτ΄δι
κονSεΞ
ρχ,πφλ
γον

Θεοδότ(ῳ) διακόν(ῳ) (καὶ) ἐξάρχ(ῳ) Παφλαγον(ίας)

Obverse

Patriarchal cross (X at the lower crossbar) on indeterminate number of steps; fleurons rising on either side to the lower crossbar. At left and right, a pellet within a circle. Circular inscription, beginning at seven o'clock. Border of dots.

κεRοηθειτσδλˊ

Κ(ύρι)ε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλ(ῳ)

Reverse

Inscription of five lines. Border of dots.

θεο
δοτ΄δι
κονSεΞ
ρχ,πφλ
γον

Θεοδότ(ῳ) διακόν(ῳ) (καὶ) ἐξάρχ(ῳ) Παφλαγον(ίας)

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.233
Diameter 17.0 mm; field: 13.0 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 4, no. 11.42.

Laurent, Corpus V/1, no. 242.

Translation

Κύριε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ Θεοδότῳ διακόνῳ καὶ ἐξάρχῳ Παφλαγονίας.

Lord, help your servant Theodotos, deacon and exarch of Paphlagonia.

Commentary

Laurent was probably right to suppose that Theodotos was a patriarchal representative with authority over the numerous monasteries of Paphlagonia. The seal of another exarchos of Paphlagonia, a cleric by the name of John, was published by Zacos, Seals II, no. 171.