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Theophilos metropolitan of Ankyra (late twelfth century)

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.3333
Diameter 29 mm
Field diameter 20 mm
Condition Rusted. It looks as if this specimen has been reused.
Previous Editions

DO Seals 4, no. 2.3.

Laurent, Corpus V/1, no. 339.


St. Peter on the left and St. Paul on the right facing, meeting each other, and clasping hands. Incsription in column at left: |.ε|τ|ρ, : Ὁ ἅ(γιος) [Π]έτρ(ος). Inscription at right: |πα|υ|λ, : Ὁ ἅ(γιος) Παῦλ(ος). Border of dots.


Inscription of five lines. Border of dots.

.εοφι μ̅ρ̅ο

Κ(ύρι)ε β(οή)θ(ει) τῷ σῷ δού(λῳ) [Θ]εοφίλ(ῳ) μ(ητ)ρο[π]ολίτ(ῃ) Ἀγ[κύ]ρ(ας)


Κύριε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ Θεοφίλῳ μητροπολίτῃ Ἀγκύρας.

Lord, help your servant Theophilos, metropolitan of Ankyra.


Laurent dated this seal to the early eleventh century. We place it in the late twelfth, because we find the letter B with two complete loops, that reappears at this time, as well as the ligature  in a form absent from the 1030s to the third quarter of the 1170s or so. It is not certain whether Theophilos ever set foot in his see (which was then occupied by the Turks and was empty of Christians) or he was a titular metropolitan, living in Constantinople.