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The proedros (=metropolitan) of Neai Patrai (twelfth century)

 
 

Obverse

Bust of the Virgin orans with the medallion of Christ before her. Sigla: ̅ΘΥ̅: Μήτηρ Θεοῦ. Border of dots.

Reverse

Inscription of five lines, a cross above. Border of dots.


πατρν
νενπρο
εδροναχ
ραντεσκε
.οισ

Πατρῶν Νέων πρόεδρον, Ἅχραντε, σκέποις

Obverse

Bust of the Virgin orans with the medallion of Christ before her. Sigla: ̅ΘΥ̅: Μήτηρ Θεοῦ. Border of dots.

Reverse

Inscription of five lines, a cross above. Border of dots.


πατρν
νενπρο
εδροναχ
ραντεσκε
.οισ

Πατρῶν Νέων πρόεδρον, Ἅχραντε, σκέποις

Accession number BZS.1947.2.1918
Diameter 21.0 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 2, no. 18.3; Laurent, Corpus V/1, no. 761; and Wassiliou-Seibt, Siegel mit metrischen Legenden II, no. 1779.

Translation

Πατρῶν Νέων πρόεδρον, Ἅχραντε, σκέποις.

Immaculate One, may you watch over the metropolitan of Neai Patrai.

Commentary

Dodecasyllabic.

Neai Patrai is today Hypate. Originally (4th and 5th centuries) the bishopric had the name Hypate. But the name changed before the 9th century, as did the rank: the metropolis of Neai Patrai appears probably in a late 9th-century notitia and certainly from the beginning of the 10th onward (Darrouzès, Notitiae, no. 4, line 491 [?], and no. 7, line 685). See Laurent, Corpus V/1, 581; Avramea, 199-201; Koder-Hild, Hellas, 223-24; Fedalto, 467-68.