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Constantine thytes (=bishop) of Korone (eleventh/twelfth century)

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.349
Diameter 19 mm
Condition Corroded.
Previous Editions

DO Seals 2, no. 28.1.
Laurent, Corpus V/1, no. 653.


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


Σφραγὶς Κωνσταντίνου


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


θύτου Κορώνης


Σφραγὶς Κωνσταντίνου θύτου Κορώνης.

Seal of Constantine, bishop of Korone.


Laurent proposed σφράγισμα (assuming an omission of a syllable by the engraver) in order to give to the inscription its twelve syllables. But this puts a stress on the first syllable, which is a metrical "sin." We prefer to leave things as they are, all the more so since the prosody of the inscription does not seem to be affected by the lack of one syllable.

The ancient Korone was situated near the modern village of Petalidi (Messenia); the medieval and modern town occupies the location of ancient Asine. The bishopric, given as a suffragan to Patras sometime between 802 and 806 (Σαρσοκορώνη: problematic name on which see M. Kordoses, "Ἡ ἀρχαία Ἀρκαδικὴ πόλη Κορώνη καὶ ἡ Βυζαντινὴ Σαρσοκορώνη," Δωδώνη 16/1 [1987] 243-52), appears for the first time in an episcopal list of the early 10th century (Darrouzès, Notitiae, no. 7, line 552). A bishop of Korone is mentioned by Michael Psellos (MB V, 378). Later (14th c.) Korone will be attached to Monembasia. See Laurent, Corpus V/1, 486; Fedalto, 499-500; ODB II, 1149-50.