You are here:Home/Resources/ Byzantine Seals/ Search the Catalogue/ Theod(ore/osios/oulos/otos) higoumenos of Karpathos (eighth century)

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.

Obverse

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

Θεοτόκε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ

Reverse

Inscription of four lines. Wreath border.

.ΕΟΔ
..ΗΓΟΥ
ΜΕΝΟΚΑ
ΡΠΑΘ

Θεοδ..ῳ ἡγουμένο Καρπάθου

Translation

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

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

Commentary

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.

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.

Notes

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.

Parallels

Related Content