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Theodore Chryselios, protospatharios and domestikos of the Optimatoi (eleventh century)

 
 

Obverse

Inscription of five lines, the final two letters between horizontal bars. Border of dots.

+ΚΕ̅Ο
ΗΘΕΙΤ
ΣΔΛ
ΘΕΟΔ
Ρ

Κ(ύρι)ε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ Θεοδώρῳ

Reverse

Inscription of five lines, the final five letters between horizontal bars. Border of dots.

ΑΣΠΑ
ΘΑΡ,ΔΟ
ΜΕΣΤΙΚΤ
ΟΠΤ
ΣΗΛΙ

(πρωτο)σπαθαρ(ίῳ) (καὶ) δομεστίκ(ῳ) τ(ῶν) Ὀπ(τιμάτων) τῷ Χρ(υ)σηλί(ῳ)

Obverse

Inscription of five lines, the final two letters between horizontal bars. Border of dots.

+ΚΕ̅Ο
ΗΘΕΙΤ
ΣΔΛ
ΘΕΟΔ
Ρ

Κ(ύρι)ε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ Θεοδώρῳ

Reverse

Inscription of five lines, the final five letters between horizontal bars. Border of dots.

ΑΣΠΑ
ΘΑΡ,ΔΟ
ΜΕΣΤΙΚΤ
ΟΠΤ
ΣΗΛΙ

(πρωτο)σπαθαρ(ίῳ) (καὶ) δομεστίκ(ῳ) τ(ῶν) Ὀπ(τιμάτων) τῷ Χρ(υ)σηλί(ῳ)

Accession number BZS.1955.1.3461
Diameter 25.0 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 3, no. 71.12.

Translation

Κύριε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ Θεοδώρῳ πρωτωσπαθαρίῳ καὶ δομεστίκῳ τῶν Ὀπτιμάτων τῷ Χρυσηλίῳ.

Lord, help your servant Theodore Chryselios, protospatharios and domestikos of the Optimatoi.

Commentary

A Theodore Chryselios, patrician, is mentioned among the supporters of Isaakios Komnenos in 1057 (Skylitzes, 498). The present seal may have belonged to him at an earlier stage of his career. Another Theodore Chryselios appears in a letter of Theophylact of Bulgaria dated ca. 1094; Theophylacti, Epistulae, no. 127, lines 44, 82, 115.