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Constantine bishop of Pontoherakleia (eighth/ninth century)

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.160
Diameter 29 mm
Field diameter 20 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 4, no. 8.1.
Laurent, Corpus V/1, no. 302 (erroneous reading).
Zacos-Veglery, no. 1331 (with correct reading).

Obverse

The Virgin standing to front, holding Christ on her left arm. Two cruciform monograms. The monogram on the left comprises Β below, Κ at left, Τ and Ο in ligature above, Η at right, and Θ in the middle. The monogram on the right consists of Δ and Ω in ligature below, Λ at left, Τ and in ligature above, and Σ at right. Wreath border.

Reverse

Inscription of five lines, a decoration above. Wreath border.


κωνστ
αντινωΕ
πισκωπ
ωηρακλ
..ασΠ 

Κωνσταντίνῳ ἐπισκώπῳ Ἡρακλ[εί]ας Π(όντ)ου

Translation

Θεοτόκε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ Κωνσταντίνῳ ἐπισκώπῳ Ἡρακλείας Πόντου.

Theotokos, help your servant Constantine, bishop of Pontoherakleia.

Commentary

The modern Eregli, Pontoherakleia (or Herakleia of Pontos) was an important administrative center (archon, dioiketes) and a suffragan bishopric of Klaudioupolis until the XIIIth century when it was promoted to a metropolis. The see lasted until 1387. See ODB 2, 915-16; Paphlagonien, 208-216; Laurent, Corpus V/1, 349-50, 631-632. List of bishops in Fedalto, HEO I, 91-2.

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.160
Diameter 29 mm
Field diameter 20 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 4, no. 8.1.
Laurent, Corpus V/1, no. 302 (erroneous reading).
Zacos-Veglery, no. 1331 (with correct reading).

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.160
Diameter 29 mm
Field diameter 20 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 4, no. 8.1.
Laurent, Corpus V/1, no. 302 (erroneous reading).
Zacos-Veglery, no. 1331 (with correct reading).

Notes

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.160
Diameter 29 mm
Field diameter 20 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 4, no. 8.1.
Laurent, Corpus V/1, no. 302 (erroneous reading).
Zacos-Veglery, no. 1331 (with correct reading).

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