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Theod(ore/osios/oulos/otos) higoumenos of Karpathos (eighth century)

Accession number BZS.1955.1.4788
Diameter 27 mm
Condition Chipped and corroded.
Previous Editions

DO Seals 2, no. 48.1.
Laurent, Corpus V/3, no. 1940 (slightly different reading).
Zacos-Veglery, no. 2429.


Cruciform invocative monogram (type V); in the quarters: ΤΣ|ΔΛ. Wreath border.

Θεοτόκε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ


Inscription of four lines. Wreath border.


Θεοδ..ῳ ἡγουμένο Καρπάθου


Θεοτόκε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ Θεοδ..ῳ ἡγουμένο Καρπάθου.

Theotokos, help your servant Theod(ore/osios/oulos/otos) hegoumenos of Karpathos.


The name of the higoumenos cannot be restored with certainty, for Theodore, Theodosios, Theodoulos, and Theodotos are all possible.

The island of Karpathos, lying to the northeast of Crete, has been an autocephalous archbishopric throughout the Middle Ages and seems never to have been abandoned. From our seal we learn that the island was the suite of a monastic community. See Laurent, Corpus V/3, 244-45; Fedalto, 207-8; Malamut, Iles, passim., esp. 347, 370.