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Leontios Theotokites, patriarch of Constantinople (1189)

Accession Number:
BZS.1958.106.310 (formerly DO 58.106.310)

Previous Editions

DO Seals 6 no. 123.1; Laurent, Corpus 5.3: no. 1632 and Zacos, Seals 2: no. 30b (unillustrated). For similar specimens see Seibt–Zarnitz, no. 5.1.4 and Likhachev, Molivdovuly, no. LXIX.14. Cf. Galavaris, “Thokos,” no. 39 (p. 177).

Details

Diameter:
36 mm
Field:
29 mm
Weight:
31.89 g
Condition:
Corroded. Two holes.

Obverse

Leontios Theotokites, patriarch of Constantinople (1189)

The Mother of God, seated on a backless throne, (presumably) holding Christ on knees. At left and right, sigla M-P-ΘV: Μή(τη)ρ Θ(εο)ῦ. Border of dots.

Reverse

Leontios Theotokites, patriarch of Constantinople (1189)

Inscription of seven lines preceded by a cross.

Leontios Theotokites, patriarch of Constantinople (1189)

Λεόντιος ἐλέῳ Θ(εο)ῦ ἀρχιεπίσκοπος Κωνσταντινουπόλ[εως] Νέας Ῥώμης [καὶ] οἰκουμενικὸς πατριάρχης.

Translation

Λεόντιος ἐλέῳ Θεοῦ ἀρχιεπίσκοπος Κωνσταντινουπόλεως Νέας Ῥώμης καὶ οἰκουμενικὸς πατριάρχης.

Leontios, by the grace of God, archbishop of Constantinople, the New Rome, and ecumenical patriarch.

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Commentary

Leontios enjoyed only a brief reign (see Seibt–Zarnitz, 183–84). Prior to his elevation he was abbot of the monastery of SS Peter and Paul on Mount Auxentios. His nickname derives from an appearance of the Virgin to him in a dream. He took up office in February or March of 1189 and resigned his post that September or October.

 

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