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Constantine (bishop) of Euripos (eleventh/twelfth century)

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.713
Diameter 21 mm
Field diameter 15 mm
Condition Broken above at channel opening (rev.).
Previous Editions

DO Seals 2, no. 14.2.
Laurent, Corpus V/1, no. 609; cf. Wassiliou-Seibt, Siegel mit metrischen Legenden I, no. 33.


The Virgin three quarters, perhaps seated, holding Christ. On either side the sigla: ̅Θ̅ : Μήτηρ Θεοῦ. Border of dots.


Inscription of five lines, decoration above. Border of dots.


Ἁγνὴ σκέποις μοι Κωνσταντίνῳ σῷ λάτρῃ τὸν Ἐβρίπου


Ἁγνὴ σκέποις μοι Κωνσταντίνῳ σῷ λάτρῃ τὸν Ἐβρίπου.

Holy One, watch over me, your servant Constantine, (bishop) of Euripos.


This is a metrical inscription, although the bishop's name is omitted. It is a correct twelve syllable verse, although it contains an unnecessary but not unusual inconsistency in the transition from the dative to accusative. The impression remains that there was initially an anonymous seal of the bishop Euripos (see DO Seals 2, no. 5.1), that Constantine had copied on his boulloterion, inserting his name right in the middle. Examples like this one makes us think that the anonymous boulloteria of bishops may well have been used by the personnel of the bishoprics during vacancies. Cf. N. Oikonomides, "The Anonymous Seal," SBS 4 (1994).

Ancient and modern Chalkis on Euboia. The bishopric was first known as Chalkis, then, from 869 onward, as Euripos, a name appearing in all notitae episcopatuum. A bishopric in 943, Euripos was promoted to the rank of archbishopric during the 11th century (this seal), but then was demoted back to the rank of bishopric once more at the beginning of the reign of Alexios I. See Laurent, Corpus V/1, 45; Koder-Hild, Hellas, 156-58; Fedalto, 497-98; Lihačev, Molivdovuly, 158, pl. LXVIII, no. 6.