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The Oxford Dictionary of Byzantium
Alexander KazhdanAlexander Kazhdan

(Θεόδωρος, fem. Θεοδώρα), personal name (meaning “God's gift”). Common in antiquity, the name remained in broad use after the triumph of Christianity, albeit the perception of God (as part of the theophoric name) changed radically. This ambiguity allowed the name to be accepted by both pagans and Christians: thus, among 29 Theodores of the 4th C. (... ...

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