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Michael II and Theophilos (821–29)

Accession Number:
BZS.1958.106.583 (formerly DO 58.106.583)

Previous Editions

DO Seals 6, no. 44.3.

Details

Diameter:
32 mm
Condition:
More than half the seal is missing.

Obverse

Michael II and Theophilos (821–29)

Cross potent on steps. Remains of circular inscription. Border of dots.

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[En onomati tu p]atr(os) [(καὶ) tu y(io)u (καὶ) tu ag(iu) pne(umatos)].

Reverse

Michael II and Theophilos (821–29)

Inscription of five lines (the last line missing). Border of dots.

ixa.
lsθeofi
le. . .
. . .
. . .

Miχa[η]l (καὶ) Θeofile [pisty] b[asilis Romaion].

Translation

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

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

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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” present on this seal.

 

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