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Theophilos metropolitan of Ankyra (late twelfth century)

 
 

Obverse

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.

Reverse

Inscription of five lines. Border of dots.

κ̅εβ,θ,
τσδ
.εοφι μ̅ρ̅ο
.ολιτ,αγ
..ρ.

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

Obverse

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.

Reverse

Inscription of five lines. Border of dots.

κ̅εβ,θ,
τσδ
.εοφι μ̅ρ̅ο
.ολιτ,αγ
..ρ.

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

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.3333
Diameter 29.0 mm; field: 20.0 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 4, no. 2.3.

Laurent, Corpus V/1, no. 339.

Credit Line Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Bequest of Thomas Whittemore.

Translation

Κύριε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ Θεοφίλῳ μητροπολίτῃ Ἀγκύρας.

Lord, help your servant Theophilos, metropolitan of Ankyra.

Commentary

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.