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Theophilos metropolitan of Myra (eighth century)

Accession Number:
BZS.1955.1.4841

Previous Editions

DO Seals 2, no. 72.6.
Laurent, Corpus V/3, no. 1734.
Zacos-Veglery, no. 1657.

Details

Diameter:
32 mm
Field:
28 mm
Condition:
Cracked below at channel opening.

Obverse

Theophilos metropolitan of Myra (eighth century)

In the center, a cruciform monogram: Τ and Ρ in ligature at top; Σ at right; Α below; Γ at left; Ἁγία Τριάς. Within concentric wreath borders, a circular inscription beginning at top.

ΟΘΣΗ.ΝΒ.ΗΘΗΤΣΔΛˊ

Ἁγία Τριάς, ὁ Θεὸς ἡμῶν, βοήθη τῷ σῷ δούλ

Reverse

Theophilos metropolitan of Myra (eighth century)

Inscription of five lines. Wreath border.

ΘΕ
ΦΙΛΜΗ
ΤΡΟΠΟΛΙ
ΤΗΜΥΡ
Ν

Θεωφίλῳ μητροπολίτῃ Μύρων

Translation

Ἁγία Τριάς, ὁ Θεὸς ἡμῶν, βοήθη τῷ σῷ δούλῳ Θεωφίλῳ μητροπολίτῃ Μύρων.

Holy Trinity, our God, help your servant Theophilos metropolitan of Myra.

Audio

Commentary

The aniconic character and the invocation to the Trinity give the impression that the owner must have had iconoclastic convictions.

 

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