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Constantine (bishop or metropolitan) of Tiberioupolis (eleventh century)

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.2049
Diameter 20 mm
Field diameter 15 mm
Condition Light imprint.
Previous Editions

DO Seals 3, no. 109.1.
Laurent, Corpus V/1, no. 881.


Faint outline of a bust of St. Michael. No epigraphy visible. Border of dots.


Inscription of five lines preceded and followed by decoration.

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Σφραγὶς βεβέα τῶν λόγων Κωνσταντίνου Τιβεριουπόλεως


Σφραγὶς βεβέα τῶν λόγων Κωνσταντίνου Τιβεριουπόλεως.

The secure seal of the words of Constantine (bishop or metropolitan) of Tiberioupolis.


It is obvious that Constantine, a bishop or a metropolitan (the title proedros may indicate either), had used a metrical seal while still a layman. When ordained, he kept the same inscription but added the name of his see to the inscription with no attempt to incorporate the toponym into the metre. Similar examples in SBS 4 (1995) 75 ff.

With the name Tiberioupolis we know from the notitiae one bishopric, suffragan of Laodikeia, then of Hierapolis, and a metropolis situated in Bithynia (Darrouzès, Notitiae, no. 1, line 313; no. 13, line 658; and no. 13, 773; for the metropolis, see also Zacos, Seals II, no. 420). Moreover, the bishopric of Stroumitza, a suffragan of Ohrid, was also officially called Tiberioupolis. See Laurent, Corpus V/1, 688-89; add Zacos-Veglery, no. 1473 (VII/VIII-century seal of a bishop of T.).