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Theophilos imperial (proto?)strator (seventh/eighth century)

Accession Number:
BZS.1958.106.2972

Details

Diameter:
29 mm

Obverse

Theophilos imperial (proto?)strator (seventh/eighth century)

Cruciform invocative monogram; in the angles: Τ.Εσ. Wreath border.

Κύριε βώηθη τοῦ εδούλου σου

Reverse

Theophilos imperial (proto?)strator (seventh/eighth century)

Inscription in four lines. Wreath border.

θεωφι
.Βσι
λικισ
.ρτΣρ

Θεωφίλου βασιλικοῦ πρωτοστράτορος

Translation

Κύριε βώηθη τοῦ δούλου σου Θεωφίλου βασιλικοῦ πρωτοστράτορος.

Lord, help your servant Theophilos imperial protostrator.

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Commentary

The seal is quite strange; it is quite possible that the engraver was not a native Greek speaker, but perhaps, a Latin speaker. The obverse seems to contain a combination of a poorly spelled invocative monogram with an inscription in the angles, and an inscription beginning ΚΕ (i.e. Κύριε), the Κ of which also serves as part of the monogram, and the Ε of which seems to replace what should be a Δ. Additionally, the inscription in the angle is incorrectly in the genitive, not the dative. The reverse inscription is rudely carved. There is a strange feature before the word strator, an I, likely meant to serve as a Roman numeral I, indicating that this is a protostrator. The ending of the name is finished in an artistic way, with the Σ under the Ο implying that the Ο should be used for both O's of στράτορος.

 

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