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Theodore Proteuon, protospatharios and judge of the Armeniakoi (eleventh century)

 
 

Obverse

Bust of the Virgin holding the Christ child on her left arm. Sigla: ̅–θ̅υ : Μή(τη)ρ Θ(εο)ῦ. Border of dots.

Reverse

Inscription of seven lines. Border of dots.

θ̅κ̅εRθ
τσ̅δ̅θε
δρ.σπθ
Sκριτ,τν
ρμενικ,
τΠρευ
οντ,

Θ(εοτό)κε β(οή)θ(ει) τῷ σ(ῷ) δ(ούλῳ) Θε[ο]δώρ(ῳ) (πρωτο)σπαθ(αρίῳ) (καὶ) κριτ(ῇ) τῶν Ἀρμενιακ(ῶν) τῷ Πρ(ω)τεύοντ(ι)

Obverse

Bust of the Virgin holding the Christ child on her left arm. Sigla: ̅–θ̅υ : Μή(τη)ρ Θ(εο)ῦ. Border of dots.

Reverse

Inscription of seven lines. Border of dots.

θ̅κ̅εRθ
τσ̅δ̅θε
δρ.σπθ
Sκριτ,τν
ρμενικ,
τΠρευ
οντ,

Θ(εοτό)κε β(οή)θ(ει) τῷ σ(ῷ) δ(ούλῳ) Θε[ο]δώρ(ῳ) (πρωτο)σπαθ(αρίῳ) (καὶ) κριτ(ῇ) τῶν Ἀρμενιακ(ῶν) τῷ Πρ(ω)τεύοντ(ι)

Accession number BZS.1955.1.3276
Diameter 22.0 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 4, no. 22.23a.

V. Laurent, "Mélanges d'épigraphie grecque et de sigillographie byzantine," EO 31 (1932) 442-43.

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

Translation

Θεοτόκε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ Θεοδώρῳ πρωτοσπαθαρίῳ καὶ κριτῇ τῶν Ἀρμενιακῶν τῷ Πρωτεύοντι.

Mother of God, help your servant Theodore Proteuon, protospatharios and judge of the Armeniakoi.

Commentary

This seal, BZS.1958.106.2514, and BZS.1951.31.5.495 all come from the same boulloterion and so their readings have been combined.

Theodore Proteuon was a well known judge of the Constantinopolitan tribunal, who also exercised authority for a limited time in the theme of the Kibyrraiotai. See DO Seals 2, no. 59.13 (BZS.1951.31.5.699 and BZS.1951.31.5.1533).