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Thomas ek prosopou of Berroia or of Beroe (?) (eleventh century)

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.646
Diameter 25 mm
Condition Holed; chipped; obv. corroded.
Previous Editions

DO Seals 1, no. 19.1.


Bust of the Virgin holding medallion of Christ before her. Sigla: ΜΡ̅ΘΥ̅: Μήτηρ Θεοῦ. No border visible.


Inscription of four lines; ornament at bottom. Border of dots.


Θεοτόκε βοήθει Θωμᾷ ἐκ προσόπου Βερήυς


Θεοτόκε βοήθει Θωμᾷ ἐκ προσόπου Βερήυς.

Theotokos, help Thomas ek prosopou of Berroia/Beroe.


Βερήυς: the last word of the inscription is spelled in a dubious way, which reappears on Zacos, Seals II, no. 240: τουρμάρχης Βεροίοις, both meant to be pronounced as Veriis with the possibility that the last syllable was pronounced in a special way, probably close to ü, as υ and οι αre used alternatively. It is a different pronounciation for Βεροίας or for Βερόης (cf. REB 44 [1986] 265)? This is not easy to answer, in spite of the fact that a tourmarches Βεροίας is attested on another seal (Speck, Bleisiegel, no. 146). However, we classify the present seal under Beroia, because we suppose that we may have here the erroneous use of the genitive -ης rather than in -ας, in which case the name in the nominative should have been Beroia. The question remains open.