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Theod(otos/oulos/osios?) patrikios and strategos of Sicily (eighth/ninth century)

Accession Number:
BZS.1958.106.2282

Previous Editions

DO Seals 1, no. 5.28.

Details

Diameter:
24 mm
Condition:
Blankt too small for die.

Obverse

Theod(otos/oulos/osios?) patrikios and strategos of Sicily (eighth/ninth century)

Cruciform invocative monogram (type V); in the quarters: .Σ|ΔΛ. No visible border.

Θεοτόκε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ

Reverse

Theod(otos/oulos/osios?) patrikios and strategos of Sicily (eighth/ninth century)

Inscription. No visible border.

.ΟΔΟ.
.ΠΤΡΙ
Κ/ΣΤΡ
.ΓΣΙΚ
.....

Θεοδότῳ (?) πατρικίῳ καὶ στρατηγῷ Σικελίας

Translation

Θεοτόκε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ Θεοδότῳ (?) πατρικίῳ καὶ στρατηγῷ Σικελίας.

Theotokos, help your servant Theodotos (?) patrikios and strategos of Sicily.

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Commentary

The reconstruction of the name is uncertain: it could just as well be Θεοδοσίῳ or Θεοδούλῳ. But we know of a patrikios Theodotos who was killedi n 830/1, when Mineo fell to the Arabs (Chronicle of Cambridge, in A. Vasiliev, Byzance et les Arabes I [Brussels, 1935], 345, cf. 128).

 

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