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Theophylaktos (imperial?) kommerkiarios of the Peloponnesos (eighth/ninth century)

Accession number BZS.1958.106.5055
Diameter 30 mm
Condition Double struck off-center on an irregular blank.
Previous Editions

DO Seals 2, no. 22.14.
Zacos-Veglery, no. 2528 (slightly different reading).


Remnants of a cruciform invocative monogram. In the quarters: .|ΔΛ. Wreath border.

Κύριε or Θεοτόκε βοήθει τσῷ δούλῳ


Inscription of five lines, top line missing. Wreath border.


Θεοφυλάκτ βασιλικῷ κομερκιαρίῳ Πολλοπονίσου


Κύριε or Θεοτόκε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ Θεοφυλάκτῳ βασιλικῷ κομερκιαρίῳ Πολλοπονίσου.

Lord or Mother of God, help your servant Theophylaktos, imperial (?) kommerkiarios of the Peloponnesos.


At the end of line 1, Zacos-Veglery read a "secure" omega that we do not see. Instead, we see an unclear abbreviation sign, then a blank space enough for one letter. This leads to a tentative restoration of βασιλικῷ, a qualification in use for the kommerkiarioi in the early 9th century, when our seal most probably dates (cf. DO Seals 2, no. 22.11 and Oikonomides, Kommerkiarioi, 48). The spelling Πολοπόννησος has parallels on other seals.