Theodamas (fl. 1st century) seems to have been an
Indo-Greek ruler in
Bajaur area of Gandhara, in modern Pakistan.
No coins of him are known, but he has left a signet bearing his name
in kharoshthi script, which was found in the region of Bajaur.
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The inscription on the Seal is "Su Theodamasa", Su being explained as
Kushan royal title Shau ("Shah", "King"), a title which
also appeared in its Greek version in the 1st century posthumous
issues of the coins of
Hermaeus minted by Kujula Kadphises. On these
coins the obverse in Greek is Βασιλεος Στιρος Συ
Ερμαιοι—Basileos Stiros Su Ermaioi, "Saviour King, Shah
Hermaeus", which is translated on the reverse in
Maharajasa Rajarajasa Mahatasa Heramayasa, "The Great King, the King
of Kings, the Great Hermaeus".
Although after 50 BCE
Indo-Greek rulers were replaced by the
Indo-Scythians and then the Indo-Parthians, Greek culture was
maintained to some extent (as indicated by the Greek-style coin types
adopted by the conquerors, and the development of Greco-Buddhist art).
It seems some Greek communities and cities also maintained some level
of independence (although they didn't have the right to issue
Theodamas may have been one of their local rulers.
^ Plate I, image 3 of
Kharoshthi Inscriptions With The Exception Of
Those Of Asoka by Sten Konow, 1929, published in India p.5-6
The Greeks in Bactria and India, W.W. Tarn, Cambridge University Press
Bajaur seal inscription of