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Anastasios archbishop of Thessalonica (eighth century)

Accession number BZS.1958.106.5701
Diameter 31 mm
Field diameter 25 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 1, no. 18.79.
Laurent, Corpus V/3, no. 1727.
Zacos-Veglery, no. 1701.
Oikonomides, Dated Seals, no. 37.


Cruciform invocative monogram consisting of Θ, in center; Ε, at left; , at right; Ο, above, and Β, at bottom. In the quarters: ΤΣ|ΔΛ. Wreath border.

Ὁ Θεὸς βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ


In center, cruciform monogram consisting of Ν, at left; Σ, at right; Τ, above, and Α and Ω in ligature, at bottom. Circular inscription, beginning at 12 o'clock, between two wreath borders.


Ἀναστασίῳ ἀρχιεπισκόπῳ Θεσσαλονίκης


Ὁ Θεὸς βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ Ἀναστασίῳ ἀρχιεπισκόπῳ Θεσσαλονίκης.

God, help your servant Anastasios archbishop of Thessalonica.


Laurent read the (obv.) monogram as Ἰησοῦ βοήθει, but since no Υ is present, it seems preferable to adopt the reading in Zacos-Veglery. In the eighth century, the succession at Thessalonica passed from Peter (before 754: see his seal, DO Seals 1, no. 18.86) to Anastasios (Gouillard, Synodikon, 114), who would have been elevated to the throne of Thessalonica after 754, as reflected by the fact that his seal is aniconic. Anastasios was succeeded by Theophilos, who attended the Council of Nicaea in 787 (Lemerle, St. Démétrius, 30).