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Eutaxios (?) dioiketes of Mytilene (ninth century)

Accession number BZS.1958.106.5128
Diameter 24 mm
Condition Lead too small for matrix.
Previous Editions

DO Seals 2, no. 51.2.
Zacos-Veglery, no. 2586 (without proposing a reading for the name).


Cruciform invocative monogram (type V). In the quarters: ΤΣ|Λ. No border visible.

Θεοτόκε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ


Inscription of four lines. No border visible.


Εὐταξήῳ διοικητῖ Μιτιλήνης


Θεοτόκε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ Εὐταξήῳ διοικητῖ Μιτιλήνης.

Theotokos, help your servant Eutaxios (?) dioiketes of Mytilene.


The first letter of the inscription is not secure, but one can see the curve at the top indicating that this can be only Σ or Ε, but not an Ο because the loop does not close. We do not know of any other mention of the plausible masculine name Eutaxios, but the feminine form, Εὐταξία, is attested in Kos (P. Fraser and E. Matthew, A Lexicon of Greek Personal Names [Oxford, 1987], 185).

The main city of the island of Lesbos, Mytilene, gave its name to the whole island before the 6th century, but the old name was used concurrently. The second city of the island was Methmyna (see DO Seals 2, § 52).