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Teleryg-Theophylaktos, patrikios (eighth century)

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.2203
Diameter 29 mm
Previous Editions

Zacos-Veglery, no. 3188; Oikonomides, Dated Seals, no. 41.

Obverse

Cruciform invocative monogram: Χριστέ βοήθει. In the quarters: τσ|λ. Wreath border.

Χριστέ βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ

Reverse

Inscription of five lines. Wreath border.

τελ
ερυγθε
οΦυλκ
τπτρ
ικι

Τελερὺγ Θεοφυλάκτῳ πατρικίῳ

Translation

Χριστέ βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ Τελερὺγ Θεοφυλάκτῳ πατρικίῳ.

Christ, help your servant Teleryg-Theophylaktos, patrikios.

Commentary

The owner of this seal was the Bulgar khan Teleryg who is known to have been baptised in Constantinople in 776/77, to have received the title patrikios, and to have married the cousin of the empress Eirene. But as Oikonomides points out, Theophylaktos must be understood as Teleryg's baptismal name and not as an epithet accompanying patrikios.

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.2203
Diameter 29 mm
Previous Editions

Zacos-Veglery, no. 3188; Oikonomides, Dated Seals, no. 41.

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.2203
Diameter 29 mm
Previous Editions

Zacos-Veglery, no. 3188; Oikonomides, Dated Seals, no. 41.

Notes

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.2203
Diameter 29 mm
Previous Editions

Zacos-Veglery, no. 3188; Oikonomides, Dated Seals, no. 41.