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Gregory patrikios and strategos (eighth century, first half)

 
 

Obverse

Cruciform invocative monogram (type V); in the quarters: τω -  | λω - σ. Wreath border.

Θεότοκε βοήθει τῷ δούλῳ σοῦ

Reverse

Inscription of five lines, preceded and followed by a cross decoration and flanked by two palm branches. Wreath border.


γρηγο
ριωπ
τρικι
ωστρ
τηγω


Γρηγορίῳ πατρικίῳ καὶ στρατηγῷ

Obverse

Cruciform invocative monogram (type V); in the quarters: τω -  | λω - σ. Wreath border.

Θεότοκε βοήθει τῷ δούλῳ σοῦ

Reverse

Inscription of five lines, preceded and followed by a cross decoration and flanked by two palm branches. Wreath border.


γρηγο
ριωπ
τρικι
ωστρ
τηγω


Γρηγορίῳ πατρικίῳ καὶ στρατηγῷ

Accession number BZS.1955.1.915
Diameter 1.0 mm
Previous Editions

Cf. Zacos–Veglery, no. 1965a–b

Translation

Θεότοκε βοήθει τῷ δούλῳ σοῦ Γρηγορίῳ πατρικίῳ καὶ στρατηγῷ.

Mother of God, help your servant Gregory patrikios and strategos.

Commentary

Twenty-five seals belonging to Gregory patrikios and strategos are in the Dumbarton Oaks Collection. At least seven boulloteria were used, with the following distinguishing features: presence or absence of palm branches flanking reverse inscription; order of inscription in quarters of monogram (τῷ σῷ δούλῳ and τῷ δούλῳ σοῦ); decoration on reverse (plain cross and cross with tendrils); letter forms (especially omegas); and line breaks. With these exceptions, the inscriptions on each type are otherwise identical, and so must be attributed to the same individual.

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