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Michael (metropolitan) of Neai Patrai (eleventh/twelfth century)

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.1057
Diameter 16 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 2, no. 18.2; Laurent, Corpus V/1, no. 760. Cf. Wassiliou-Seibt, Siegel mit metrischen Legenden I, no. 174.


Bust of the Virgin orans. On either side the sigla: Μ̅Θ̅ : Μ(ήτηρ) Θ(εοῦ). Border of dots.


Inscription of five lines. Border of dots.


Ἄχραντε, Μιχαὴλ, Νέων Πατρῶν σκέποις


Ἄχραντε, Μιχαὴλ Νέων Πατρῶν σκέποις.

Immaculate One, may you watch over Michael (metropolitan) of Neai Patrai.


Dodecasyllabic with misplaced caesura, resulting in two six-syllable verses; see E. McGeer, "Discordant verses on Byzantine metrical seals,"SBS 4 (1995), 63-69.

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.