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« on: October 04, 2019, 07:59:09 pm »

I was recently able to acquire a very handsome Byzantine seal.  I believe that on the obverse there is a
cruciform invocative monogram (Laurent type I) reading  Θεοτόκε βοήθει Theotokos aid your servant
And on the reverse is:

THEOD
OROPA
TRIKIO
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My translation is:  (Seal of) Theodoros, Patrikios

It looks to be from the second half of the 7th century.  Am I correct? What are your thoghts?
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« Reply #1 on: October 09, 2019, 06:44:29 am »

Here is a seal with a similarly phrased "Theodoros, Patrikios" with the added title of hypostrategos.  Pogh_poor
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« Reply #2 on: October 10, 2019, 12:53:22 am »

Yes, your reading is correct. It belonged to a person named Theodoros who held the rank of patrikios. The legend is phrased in a dative (theodoro), not a genitive (theodorou), which is a development that took place in the late 7th and typically in the course of the 8th century, the time of iconoclasm, when these invocative monograms with legends in the quadrants start to appear, and of which you posted a nice example. So I would date your seal in the first half of the 8th century.  There is no way to be sure these belonged to the same individual. The name of Theodoros and the rank of patrikios are both very common on seals.
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« Reply #3 on: October 10, 2019, 01:07:16 pm »

Thank you for the confirmation Gert!  If only all seals were as well preserved as this one.  Pogh_poor
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