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Jacob metropolitan of Kyzikos (ninth century)

Accession number BZS.1955.1.4808
Diameter 28 mm
Condition Corroded along circumference
Previous Editions

DO Seals 3, no. 50.3.
Laurent, Corpus V/3, no. 1704.
Zacos-Veglery, no. 1994.


Cruciform Invocative monogram (type V). In the quarters: .Σ|ΔΛ

Θεοτόκε βοήθει [τ]ῷ σῷ δούλῳ


Inscription of four lines. No border visible.



Ἰακώ[β]ῳ μητροπολήτ(ῃ) Κυζίκου.


Θεοτόκε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ Ἰακώβῳ μητροπολήτῃ Κυζίκου.

Mother God, help your servant Jacob, metropolitan of Kyzikos.


The specimen dates before the middle of the ninth century, as indicated by the wreath border present on the obverse, the use of a double loop beta at bottom of the invocative monogram, and the endings of the oblique bars of Κ.

Kyzikos (modern Balkız) was originally a bishopric of the eparchia of Asia, but in the second half of the IVth century it became the metropolis of the Hellespont. It is listed in all the notitiae until the XVth century. In 688-689 Cypriots were brought to inhabit the peninsula together with their archbishop (cf. DOSeals 2.38). See Laurent, Corpus, V/1, 246-47; Zgusta, 310; Brandes, Städte, 115-18; ODB II, 1164-65.

In addition to the seals of this see published by Laurent, see also the bulla of Leo of Kyzikos published in Zacos, Seals II, no. 552; cf. also SBS 3 [1993] 186.