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Theod(....?) bishop (?) of Raidestos (tenth/eleventh century)

 
 

Obverse

Bust of the Virgin holding, it seems, medallion of Christ before her. Remains of sigla: ΘΥ: Μήτηρ Θεοῦ. Border of dots.

Reverse

Inscription of five lines. Border of dots.

ΚΕ
ΘΕΟ
ΕΠΙ
ΑΙΔ
Τ

Κύριε βοήθει Θεοδώρῳ? ἐπισκόπῳ? Ῥαιδεστοῦ

Obverse

Bust of the Virgin holding, it seems, medallion of Christ before her. Remains of sigla: ΘΥ: Μήτηρ Θεοῦ. Border of dots.

Reverse

Inscription of five lines. Border of dots.

ΚΕ
ΘΕΟ
ΕΠΙ
ΑΙΔ
Τ

Κύριε βοήθει Θεοδώρῳ? ἐπισκόπῳ? Ῥαιδεστοῦ

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.1873
Diameter 22.0 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 1, no. 59.8.
Laurent, Corpus V/1, no. 308.

Credit Line Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Bequest of Thomas Whittemore.

Translation

Κύριε βοήθει Θεοδώρῳ (?) ἐπισκόπῳ (?) Ῥαιδεστοῦ.

Lord, help Theodore (?) bishop (?) of Raidestos.

Commentary

See also Asdracha, Thrace orientale, 293. The reconstruction of the name is uncertain: Theodore, Theodosios, Theodotos, Theodoulos are equally possible; the office is also uncertain, as the reading ἐπισκεπτίτῃ is possible yet less likely, since one would expect an episkeptites to hold an honorific title as well.