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Anonymous (eleventh century, second half)

 
 

Obverse

St Theodore Stratelates in civil costume holding a small cross in his right hand, the left hand is obscured or not shown. Inscription in two columns: ̣|..|..|Ρ̣Ο|Σ|ΤΡ,|ΤΙ|Λ, : ὁ ἅ(γιος) [Θεόδω]ρ(ος) ὁ Στρ(α)τιλ(άτης). Border of dots.

Reverse

St Theodore the Recruit in civil costume holding a small cross in his right hand, his left hand is not depicted. Inscription in two columns: |Θ|ΕΟ|Δ,Ο|.Ι|Ρ̣.|Ν : ὁ ἅ(γιος) Θεόδ(ωρος) ὁ [Τ]ίρ[ω]ν. Border of dots.

Obverse

St Theodore Stratelates in civil costume holding a small cross in his right hand, the left hand is obscured or not shown. Inscription in two columns: ̣|..|..|Ρ̣Ο|Σ|ΤΡ,|ΤΙ|Λ, : ὁ ἅ(γιος) [Θεόδω]ρ(ος) ὁ Στρ(α)τιλ(άτης). Border of dots.

Reverse

St Theodore the Recruit in civil costume holding a small cross in his right hand, his left hand is not depicted. Inscription in two columns: |Θ|ΕΟ|Δ,Ο|.Ι|Ρ̣.|Ν : ὁ ἅ(γιος) Θεόδ(ωρος) ὁ [Τ]ίρ[ω]ν. Border of dots.

Accession number BZS.1958.106.2058
Diameter 19.0 mm; field: 14.0 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 7, no. 16.28.

Commentary

The epithets distinguishing the two Theodores on seals begin in the eleventh century, yet these epithets are not frequently employed. Among the 747 published samples of seals with an image of Theodore, there are 19 examples of Theodore Stratelates and 15 bearing the epithet Teron. For discussion of the cult of Saint Theodore and the two epithets, see the literature cited in no. 5.8 (1958.106.2970.), above.