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Constantine (metropolitan) of Mytilene (twelfth century)

Accession number BZS 1958.106.12
Diameter 35 mm
Field diameter 28 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 2, no. 51.7; Laurent, Corpus V/1, no. 755. Cf. Wassiliou-Seibt, Siegel mit metrischen Legenden I, no. 1231.


St. Theodora standing, holding a martyr's cross in her right hand, with her left hand open before her. On either side a vertical inscription: Η|Ο|Σ|Ι|ΑΘΕ|Ο|ΡΑ|Δ|: ἡ ὁσία Θεοδώρα. Note that the rho and alpha were placed on either side of the vertical inscription to form the shape of a cross. Border of dots.


Inscription of four lines, a cross above and and two eight-rayed stars below. Border of dots.


Κωνσταντίνου σφράγισμα τοῦ Μητυλίνης


Κωνσταντίνου σφράγισμα τοῦ Μητυλίνης.

Seal of Constantine (metropolitan) of Mytilene.


Dodecasyllabic inscription. Laurent is probably correct in saying that the siant represented must be the Alexandrine Theodora, martyred under Diocletian, because she is carrying a martyr's cross. The metropolis of Mytilene was dedicated to St. Theodora (AnalBoll 18 [1899] 226), and for that reason this saint appears on several metropolitans' seals.