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Peter bishop of Euchaita (seventh/eighth century)

 
 

Obverse

A bearded military saint, likely St. Theodore, stabbing a snake with his spear, his left hand resting on a shield set on the ground; trees on both sides. The snake is crawling out from a small structure at right. Wreath border.

Reverse

Cruciform invocative monogram (type V). Circular inscription between two wreath borders.

πετρεπισκοπευχαιτν

Θεοτόκε βοήθει Πέτρῳ ἐπισκόπῳ Εὐχαΐτων

Obverse

A bearded military saint, likely St. Theodore, stabbing a snake with his spear, his left hand resting on a shield set on the ground; trees on both sides. The snake is crawling out from a small structure at right. Wreath border.

Reverse

Cruciform invocative monogram (type V). Circular inscription between two wreath borders.

πετρεπισκοπευχαιτν

Θεοτόκε βοήθει Πέτρῳ ἐπισκόπῳ Εὐχαΐτων

Accession number BZS.1955.1.4669
Diameter 23.0 mm; field: 18.0 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 4, no. 16.4a.
Laurent, Corpus V/1, no. 852; Zacos-Veglery, no. 1288.

Translation

Θεοτόκε βοήθει Πέτρῳ ἐπισκόπῳ Εὐχαΐτων.

Theotokos, help Peter, bishop of Euchaita.

Commentary

This seal is of the same design and date as BZS.1951.31.5.101; since it carries the same inscription, it is likely that both belonged to the same person.

Compare the format of the seal of Peter, archbishop of Thessalonike (after 733), published in Dated Seals, no. 35. As Laurent has rightly pointed out, the obverse contains a representation of St. Theodore killing the dragon, a feat known from the early Lives of the saint.