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Gregory patrikios and strategos (eighth century, first half)

Accession Number:
BZS.1958.106.2647

Previous Editions

Cf. Zacos–Vegley, no. 1965

Details

Diameter:
1 mm
Condition:
Struck off center

Obverse

Gregory patrikios and strategos (eighth century, first half)

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

Θεότοκε βοήθει τῷ δούλῳ σοῦ

Reverse

Gregory patrikios and strategos (eighth century, first half)

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


γρηγο
ριπ
τρικι
στ
ρτηγ


Γρηγορίῳ πατρικίῳ καὶ στρατηγ

Translation

Θεότοκε βοήθει τῷ δούλῳ σοῦ Γρηγορίῳ πατρικίῳ καὶ στρατηγῷ.

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

Audio

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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