You are here: Home / Publications & Online Resources / Byzantine Seals / Search the Catalogue / Michael II and Theophilos (821–29)

Michael II and Theophilos (821–29)

Accession Number:
BZS.1958.106.582 (formerly DO 58.106.582)

Previous Editions

DO Seals 6, no. 44.2.

Details

Diameter:
27 mm
Condition:
Gouge in the lower field (rev.)

Obverse

Michael II and Theophilos (821–29)

Cross potent on three steps. The beginning of a circular inscription visible at right. No visible border.

.OOA....................

[E]n onomat[i tu patr(os) (καὶ) tu y(io)u (καὶ) tu ag(iu) pne(umatos)].

Reverse

Michael II and Theophilos (821–29)

Inscription of five lines. No visible border.

.ixa.
lsθeof.
ospisv
.silisro
AIO

Miχa[η]l (καὶ) Θeof[il]os pisty [b]asilis Romaion.

Translation

En onomati tu patros καὶ tu yiou καὶ tu agiu pneumatos Miχaηl καὶ Θeofilos pisty basilis Romaion.

Michael and Theophilos, in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, faithful basileis of the Romans.

Audio

Commentary

Michael II, who ruled from 25 December 820 until 2 October 829, took his son Theophilos as a colleague in May of 821.

Seibt (Bleisiegel, no. 17) has published a variant type that closely resembles the aniconic miliaresion issued by Michael and Theophilos (DOC 3.1:6.4), including the spelling “Θeofile” (see BZS.1958.106.583)

 

Document Actions