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Constantine archbishop of Methymna (eleventh century)

Accession number BZS.1955.1.4707
Diameter 21 mm
Condition Partially effaced on obv. and rev.
Previous Editions

DO Seals 2, no. 52.1b.

Obverse

Bust of the Virgin with hands held palm outward before her. On either side the sigla: ̅ΘΥ̅ : Μήτηρ Θεοῦ. Border of dots.

Reverse

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

ΚΝ
ΕΛΕΘΥ
ΑΡΧΙΕΠ,
ΚΟΠ,ΜΗ
ΘΥΜΝ,

Κωνσταντῖνος ἐλέῳ Θεοῦ ἀρχιεπίσκοπος Μηθύμνης

Translation

Κωνσταντῖνος ἐλέῳ Θεοῦ ἀρχιεπίσκοπος Μηθύμνης.

Constantine by the mercy of God, archbishop of Methymna.

Commentary

Methymna (Molybos), the second most important city of the island of Lesbos, is listed in the notitiae as an archbishopric; some time between 1072 (REB 18 [1960] 57) and 1084/1085 (ibid., 68), it was raised to the rank of metropolis, probably close to 1080. See Laurent, Corpus V/1, 622, 646; Fedalto, 213-15; Malamut, Iles, 232, 275, 356, 370.

Accession number BZS.1955.1.4707
Diameter 21 mm
Condition Partially effaced on obv. and rev.
Previous Editions

DO Seals 2, no. 52.1b.

Notes

Accession number BZS.1955.1.4707
Diameter 21 mm
Condition Partially effaced on obv. and rev.
Previous Editions

DO Seals 2, no. 52.1b.