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Theodore Eirenikos (twelfth/thirteenth century)

 
 

Obverse

St. Theodore Tiron ("the recruit") standing full-length, holding a spear in his right hand and a shield in his left. On either side an inscription. Right: Ο||Γ|Ι|Ο|Σ. Left: ΘΕ|Δ..|ΟΤΗ|Ρ|Ν. Ὁ ἅγιος Θε[ό]δω[ρος] ὁ τήρων. Line border. 

Reverse

Inscription of six lines, a cross above and a decoration below. Line border.


ΓΙΕΘΕ.
ΡΕΟΗ.
ΕΙΜΟΙΤ..
ΟΥΛΘΕΟ
.Ρ..
ΡΗΝ..


Ἅγιε Θε[ό]δωρε βοή[θ]ει μοι τῷ [σῷ] δούλῳ Θεο[δ]ώρῳ [τ]ῷ [Εἰ]ρην[ικ]ῳ

Obverse

St. Theodore Tiron ("the recruit") standing full-length, holding a spear in his right hand and a shield in his left. On either side an inscription. Right: Ο||Γ|Ι|Ο|Σ. Left: ΘΕ|Δ..|ΟΤΗ|Ρ|Ν. Ὁ ἅγιος Θε[ό]δω[ρος] ὁ τήρων. Line border. 

Reverse

Inscription of six lines, a cross above and a decoration below. Line border.


ΓΙΕΘΕ.
ΡΕΟΗ.
ΕΙΜΟΙΤ..
ΟΥΛΘΕΟ
.Ρ..
ΡΗΝ..


Ἅγιε Θε[ό]δωρε βοή[θ]ει μοι τῷ [σῷ] δούλῳ Θεο[δ]ώρῳ [τ]ῷ [Εἰ]ρην[ικ]ῳ

Accession number BZS 1955.1.3012
Diameter 36.0 mm; field: 34.0 mm

Translation

Ἅγιε Θεόδωρε βοήθει μοι τῷ σῷ δούλῳ Θεοδώρῳ τῷ Εἰρηνικῳ

Saint Theodore, give your help to me, your servant Theodore Eirenikos

Commentary

This seal may well have belonged to the Patriarch Theodore Eirenikos who held the office in Nicaea during the Latin occupation of Constantinople; if so, this specimen will have been struck at an earlier stage of his career, before his elevation to the patriarchate in 1214.