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Constantine archbishop (= metropolitan) of Herakleia (eighth/ninth century)

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.1269
Diameter 33 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 1, no. 53.4.
Laurent, Corpus V/1, no. 301.

Obverse

Cruciform invocative monogram (type V); in the quarters: ΤΩΣΩ|ΔΛΩ. Wreath border.

Θεοτόκε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ

Reverse

Inscription of five lines, decoration above. Wreath border.


ΚΩΝΣΤ
ΤΙΝΩΡΧ
ΗΕΠΙΣΚΩ
ΠΟΗΡΚ
ΛΙΣ

Κωσνταντίνῳ ἀρχηεπισκώπο Ἡρακλίας

Translation

Θεοτόκε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ Κωσνταντίνῳ ἀρχηεπισκώπο Ἡρακλίας.

Theotokos, help your servant Constantine archbishop of Herakleia.

Commentary

The title "archbishop" is sometimes used for the top metropolitans (Laurent, Corpus V/1, XXVIII-XXX). Another seal (BZS.1951.31.5.160) of the same period published by Laurent (Corpus V/1, no. 302) belonged in fact to Constantine bishop of Ἡρακλείας Πόντου which in fact was then a bishopric) and not of Ἡρακλείας πόλεως, as Laurent erroneously proposed (cf. Zacos-Veglery, no. 1331 and Asdracha, Thrace orientale, 268).

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.1269
Diameter 33 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 1, no. 53.4.
Laurent, Corpus V/1, no. 301.

Notes

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.1269
Diameter 33 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 1, no. 53.4.
Laurent, Corpus V/1, no. 301.

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