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Theophylaktos meizoteros (eighth/ninth century)

 
 

Obverse

Cruciform invocative monogram; n the quarters: ...|.λ . Border of dots.

Κύριε βοήθει [τῷ σ]ῷ [δ]ούλῳ

Reverse

Inscription of four lines beginning with a cross. Border of dots.

θεο
φυ̣..κ..
μηΖοτ..
αν

Θεοφυ[λά]κ<τ>[ου] μηζοτ[έρ]ου ἀμήν

Obverse

Cruciform invocative monogram; n the quarters: ...|.λ . Border of dots.

Κύριε βοήθει [τῷ σ]ῷ [δ]ούλῳ

Reverse

Inscription of four lines beginning with a cross. Border of dots.

θεο
φυ̣..κ..
μηΖοτ..
αν

Θεοφυ[λά]κ<τ>[ου] μηζοτ[έρ]ου ἀμήν

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.3315
Diameter 27.0 mm
Previous Editions

Zacos–Veglery, no. 2537.

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

Translation

Κύριε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ. Θεοφυλάκου μηζοτέρου. ἀμήν.

Lord, help your servant. (Seal of) Theophylaktos meizoteros. Amen.

Commentary

Although the obverse is damaged, the cruciform invocative monogram type is known from a parallel (BZS.1955.1.1257).

A number of seals belonging to a Theophylaktos meizoteros (Zacos–Veglery, no. 2537, = this specimen and BZS.1955.1.1257; no. 1662, = BZS.1955.1.593), imperial meizoteros (Zacos–Veglery, no. 2538, = BZS.1955.1.1260), and megas meizoteros (Zacos–Veglery, no. 2539, = BZS.1955.1.1258 and BZS.1955.1.1259) are attributed to the same person by Zacos–Veglery (p. 956); see also PmbZ #8333.