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Theodore archbishop of Cyprus (seventh/eighth century)

 
 

Obverse

Bust of a bearded saint holding a book decorated with a cross. Wreath border.

Reverse

Cruciform monogram, reading Θεοδώρου ἀρχιεπισκόπου; in the quarters, Κ.|. Indeterminate border.

Θεοδώρου ἀρχιεπισκόπου Κύπρου

Obverse

Bust of a bearded saint holding a book decorated with a cross. Wreath border.

Reverse

Cruciform monogram, reading Θεοδώρου ἀρχιεπισκόπου; in the quarters, Κ.|. Indeterminate border.

Θεοδώρου ἀρχιεπισκόπου Κύπρου

Accession number BZS.1955.1.613
Diameter 25.0 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 2 no. 38.15.
Cf. similar specimen in Athens (Konstantopoulos, no. 166α = Laurent, Corpus V/2, 1482). Laurent notes two more bullae of a similar design in the Seyrig collection; would this be Seyrig, nos. 242 and 243?

Translation

Θεοδώρου ἀρχιεπισκόπου Κύπρου.

(Seal of) Theodore archbishop of Cyprus.

Commentary

Laurent identified the figure depicted as Saint Barnabas. The design and technique of execution of this seal is very close to DO Seals 2, no. 38.12. This seal may represent one and the same person as DO Seals 2, no. 38.16; but in this early period, the succession of the archbishops is confused, and we realize that the chronicle of Machairas (but no the Synodikon, nor Boustronios) mentions two Theodores at about that time (V. Laurent, "Les fastes épiscopaux de l'Église de Chypre," REB 6 [1948] 155, 160).