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Symeon metropolitan of Rhodes (eleventh century)

Accession number BZS.1958.106.62
Diameter 23 mm
Field diameter 17 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 2, no. 54.4.
Laurent, Corpus V/1, no. 699 (slightly different reading).


Bust of the Virgin holding Christ. On either side the sigla: Μ̅ΘΥ̅: Μήτηρ Θεοῦ. Border of dots.


Inscription of six lines, a decoration above. Border of dots.



Θεοτόκε βοήθει Συμεὼν τ ἐλαχίστ μητροπολίτ Ῥόδου


Θεοτόκε βοήθει Συμεὼν τῷ ἐλαχίστῳ μητροπολίτῃ Ῥόδου.

Theotokos, help Symeon, most humble metropolitan of Rhodes.


Symeon is listed in the Synodikon four positions before the first twelfth century Niketas (Gouillard, Synodikon, 113). This would place him in the second half of the eleventh century (Laurent placed him ca. 1050, but his reasoning was based on an erroneous date for the metropolitan of Rhodes John: see Era Vranoussi, in Patmos I, *11.

The metropolis of Rhodes kept its rank throughout the centuries, but the number of its suffragans varied. We have the list of the metropolitans of this see, the Synodikon. See Laurent, Corpus V/1, 528; Fedalto, 203-5; Malamut, Iles, passim, esp. 242-44, 281-83, 300, 323, 325, 359, 365, 506; Gouillard, Synodikon, 113, 278-79; ODB III, 1791-92.