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

Accession number BZS.1958.106.1243
Diameter 28 mm
Condition Chipped at channel openings and corroded.
Previous Editions

DO Seals 2, no. 52.3c.
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

One of six seals from the same boulloterion edited jointly (see the other specimens listed below).

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.1958.106.1243
Diameter 28 mm
Condition Chipped at channel openings and corroded.
Previous Editions

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

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