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Gregory metropolitan of Kyzikos (ninth century)

Accession number BZS.1947.2.77
Diameter 23 mm
Condition Corroded along circumference and punctured twice in the middle.
Previous Editions

DO Seals 3, no. 53.5.
Laurent, Corpus, V/1, no. 347


Bust of the Virgin holding the medallion of Christ before her. On either side the sigla: Θ̅Υ: Μ(ήτη)ρ Θ(εο)ῦ. Within concentric circles of dots, inscription beginning at seven o'clock:

+ΘΚΕΟ........ΔΟΥΛ /

Θ(εοτόκε βο[ήθει τῷ σῷ] δούλ(ῳ)


Inscription of four lines. Border of dots.


Γρηγορίῳ ἐλαχίστῳ μη[τ]ροπολ(ίτῃ) Κυζίκ(ου)


Θεοτόκε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ Γρηγορίῳ ἐλαχίστῳ μητροπολίτῃ Κυζίκου.

Mother of God, help your servant Gregory, most humble metropolitan of Kyzikos.


The owner of this specimen was most probably the metropolitan Gregory who attended the Photian Synod of 879 (Mansi XVIIA, 373B).

Kyzikos (modern Balkız) was originally a bishopric of the eparchia of Asia, but in the second half of the IVth century it became the metropolis of the Hellespont. It is listed in all the notitiae until the XVth century. In 688-689 Cypriots were brought to inhabit the peninsula together with their archbishop (cf. DOSeals 2.38). See Laurent, Corpus, V/1, 246-47; Zgusta, 310; Brandes, Städte, 115-18; ODB II, 1164-65.

In addition to the seals of this see published by Laurent, see the bulla of Leo of Kyzikos published in Zacos, Seals II, no. 552; cf. SBS 3 [1993] 186.