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Kosmas bishop of Proussa (eleventh century)

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.1833
Diameter 26 mm
Condition Corroded.
Previous Editions

DO Seals 3, no. 67.2.
Laurent, Corpus, V/1, no. 382.
Parallel specimen in the Vienna Collection (= Sigillographie, 250-51).

Obverse

Inscription of four lines, a decoration below. Border of dots.

..Ε
ΟΗΘ.
ΤΣ
ΔΛ,

[Κ(ύρι)]ε βοήθ[ι] τῷ σῷ δούλ(ῳ)

Reverse

Inscription of four lines, a decoration below. Border of dots.

ΚΟΣΜΑ
ΕΠΙΣΚΟ
ΠΠΡ
ΣΗΣ

Κοσμᾷ ἐπισκόπῳ Προύσης

Translation

Κύριε βοήθι τῷ σῷ δούλῳ Κοσμᾷ ἐπισκόπῳ Προύσης.

Lord, help your servant Kosmas, bishop of Proussa.

Commentary

Proussa (modern Bursa at the foot of Mount Olympus in Bithynia), a suffragan of Nikomedeia (but situated in the Opsikion theme), was represented at the Council of Nicaea in 325 and is mentioned as such in all notitiae until the twelfth century. In early times, it was also called Θεούπολις: cf. Zacos-Veglery II, no. 1096. After its conquest by the Turks in 1326, it became a metropolis (about 1359). See Laurent, Corpus V/1, 273; Janin, Grands centres, 174-75; ODB III, 1750. 

We note that St. Michael is usually represented on the seals of the bishops of Proussa, allowing us to hypothesize that the episcopal church of the city may have been dedicated to the Archangel. Cf. SBS 4 (1994) 22.

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.1833
Diameter 26 mm
Condition Corroded.
Previous Editions

DO Seals 3, no. 67.2.
Laurent, Corpus, V/1, no. 382.
Parallel specimen in the Vienna Collection (= Sigillographie, 250-51).

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.1833
Diameter 26 mm
Condition Corroded.
Previous Editions

DO Seals 3, no. 67.2.
Laurent, Corpus, V/1, no. 382.
Parallel specimen in the Vienna Collection (= Sigillographie, 250-51).

Notes

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.1833
Diameter 26 mm
Condition Corroded.
Previous Editions

DO Seals 3, no. 67.2.
Laurent, Corpus, V/1, no. 382.
Parallel specimen in the Vienna Collection (= Sigillographie, 250-51).

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