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Paul patrikios and strategos (eighth century, second half)

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.1226
Diameter 1 mm
Condition Blank too small for boulloterion.


Cruciform invocative monogram (indeterminate type). In the quarters: ̣..|..|.|Σ̣.: τῷ δούλῳ σου. Indeterminate border.


Inscription of at least four lines, three of which are visible. Indeterminate border.


[Παύ]λῳ πατρικίῳ (καὶ) στ[ρατηγῷ]


Κύριε or Θεοτόκε βοήθει τῷ δούλῳ σου Παύλῳ πατρικίῳ καὶ στρατηγῷ.

Lord or Mother of God, help your servant Paul, patrikios and strategos.


Dating for this seal, beyond the general appearance and letter forms, is based on the order of the invocative inscription on the obverse. In the eighth century, τῳ δούλῳ σου was used alongside the regular τῷ σῷ δούλῳ. The relatively elongated lower arm (with space between the theta and top of the beta) argues for a date later in that century.