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Theodore imperial spatharios and protonotarios of the Boukellarioi (ninth century)

Accession Number:
BZS.1958.106.961

Previous Editions

DO Seals 4, no. 1.23b.

Zacos-Veglery, nos. 2654 (the description is inaccurate, therefore this specimen has been published as a separate seal). Another similar specimen is published in Seyrig, no. 169.

Details

Diameter:
27 mm
Condition:
Blank too small for die. Punctured and corroded.

Obverse

Theodore imperial spatharios and protonotarios of the Boukellarioi (ninth century)

Cruciform invocative monogram (indeterminate type). In the quarters: τ-λ. No border visible.

Reverse

Theodore imperial spatharios and protonotarios of the Boukellarioi (ninth century)

Inscription of four lines, preceded and followed by a decoration. No border visible.

θεοδ
BσπθS
νοτριτν
Bκελ

Θεοδ[ώρ]ῳ β(ασιλκῷ) σπαθ(αρίῳ) (καὶ) (πρωτο)νοταρί(ῳ) τῶν Βουκελα(ρίων)

Translation

Θεοτόκε or Κύριε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ Θεοδώρῳ βασιλκῷ σπαθαρίῳ καὶ πρωτονοταρίῳ τῶν Βουκελαρίων.

Mother of God or Lord, help your servant Theodore, imperial spatharios and protonotarios of the Boukellarioi.

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Commentary

This seal and BZS.1955.1.1212 seem to come from the same boulloterion, which may have been recut; or, at the least, they are accurate copies of each other. The owner's name could also be Theodosios (Θεοδοσίῳ), but this is less likely because of the space available and can be discarded thanks to the evidence offered by the Seyrig seal.

 

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