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Sophronios archbishop of Miletos (tenth/eleventh century)

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.2848
Diameter 22 mm
Condition Poorly printed on the sides.
Previous Editions

DO Seals 3, no. 26.3.

Laurent, Corpus V/1, no. 828.


Indistinct bust of the Virgin holding the medallion of Christ before her. Sigla: μ.-θ : Μ[(ήτη)ρ] Θ[(εο)ῦ]. Border of dots.


Inscription of four lines. Border of dots.


Σωφρό[ν(ιος)] ἀρχηεπίσκ[οπ(ος)] Μηλίτ(ου).


Σωφρόνιος ἀρχηεπίσκοπος Μηλίτου.

Sophronios, archbishop of Miletos.


This famous ancient city kept its name into the ninth century when it still constituted the center of a fiscal perception unit (διοίκησις); but the city closed itself inside fortifications, mainly in the old theater, and took a new name, Palatia (modern Balat), due to its spectacular antiquities. It was a bishopric as early as the fourth century, had become archbishopric by 538, and became metropolis in the twelfth century. See Laurent, Corpus V/1, 543; Brandes, Städte, 89-92; ODB II, 1372-73.