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Theodore Makrembolites, (metropolitan) of Methymna (twelfth century)

Accession number BZS.1955.1.3922
Diameter 27 mm
Condition Cracked along channel (obv.).
Previous Editions

DO Seals 2, no. 52.3f.
Laurent, Corpus V/3, no. 1798.

Obverse

The Virgin standing, holding Christ. On either side the sigla: ̅ΘΥ̅: Μήτηρ Θεοῦ. Linear border.

Reverse

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


ΜΕ̅ΡΘΥ̅

ΣΦΡΑΓΙΕ
ΚΑΙΓΡΑΦΑΣΤΥ

ΠΟΥΜΑΚΡΕΜ
ΟΛΙΤΜΕΘΥ
ΜΝΗΣΘΕΟ

ΔΡ

Μῆτερ Θεοῦ σφράγιζε καὶ γραφὰς τύπου Μακρεμβολίτου Μεθύμνης Θεοδώρου

Translation

Μῆτερ Θεοῦ σφράγιζε καὶ γραφὰς τύπου Μακρεμβολίτου Μεθύμνης Θεοδώρου.

Mother of God, seal and confirm the letters of Theodore Makrembolites, (metropolitan) of Methymna.

Commentary

This is one of six seals (listed below) from the same boulloterion which have been edited jointly.

Two dodecasyllabic verses.

Methymna (Molybos), the second most important city of the island of Lesbos, is listed in the notitiae as an archbishopric; some time between 1072 (REB 18 [1960] 57) and 1084/1085 (ibid., 68), it was raised to the rank of metropolis, probably close to 1080. See Laurent, Corpus V/1, 622, 646; Fedalto, 213-15; Malamut, Iles, 232, 275, 356, 370.

Accession number BZS.1955.1.3922
Diameter 27 mm
Condition Cracked along channel (obv.).
Previous Editions

DO Seals 2, no. 52.3f.
Laurent, Corpus V/3, no. 1798.

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