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Theodosios imperial spatharios and domestikos of the Optimatoi (ninth century)

 
 

Obverse

Cruciform invocative monogram (type V). In the lower quarters: ΛΩ. Wreath border.

[Θεοτόκε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δ]ούλῳ

Reverse

Inscription of four lines. Wreath border.

ΙΒΣ
.ΔΟΜΤ

.ΟΠΤΙΜ.

[Θεοδοσ]ίῳ β(ασιλικῷ σ[πα(θαρίῳ) (καὶ)] δομ(εστίκῳ) τ[ῶν] Ὀπτιμ(άτων)

Obverse

Cruciform invocative monogram (type V). In the lower quarters: ΛΩ. Wreath border.

[Θεοτόκε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δ]ούλῳ

Reverse

Inscription of four lines. Wreath border.

ΙΒΣ
.ΔΟΜΤ

.ΟΠΤΙΜ.

[Θεοδοσ]ίῳ β(ασιλικῷ σ[πα(θαρίῳ) (καὶ)] δομ(εστίκῳ) τ[ῶν] Ὀπτιμ(άτων)

Accession number BZS.1958.106.920
Diameter 23.0 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 3, no. 71.14b.

Translation

Θεοτόκε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ Θεοδοσίῳ βασιλικῷ σπαθαρίῳ καὶ δομεστίκῳ τῶν Ὀπτιμάτων.

Mother of God, help your servant Theodosios, imperial spatharios and domestic of the Optimatoi.

Commentary

The reading of this seal is restored on the basis of its counterpart, BZS 1958.106.919, which comes from the same boulloterion.

Bibliography

  • Catalogue of Byzantine Seals at Dumbarton Oaks and at the Fogg Museum of Art, Vol. 3: West, Northwest, and Central Asia Minor and the Orient (Open in Zotero)
  • Documents de sigillographie byzantine: La collection C. Orghidan (Open in Zotero)
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