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Daniel metropolitan of Kyzikos (ninth century)

 
 

Obverse

The Virgin standing, holding Christ in her left arm. Within a border of dots, a circular inscription:

+υπεργι....οηθει

Ὑπεραγία [Θ(εοτό)κε β]οήθει

Reverse

Inscription of five lines. Border of dots.

..σ
δουλδ

νιηλμητρ
οπολιτ,κ
υζικου

[τ]ῷ σῷ δούλῳ Δανιὴλ μητροπολίτ(ῃ) Κυζίκου

Obverse

The Virgin standing, holding Christ in her left arm. Within a border of dots, a circular inscription:

+υπεργι....οηθει

Ὑπεραγία [Θ(εοτό)κε β]οήθει

Reverse

Inscription of five lines. Border of dots.

..σ
δουλδ

νιηλμητρ
οπολιτ,κ
υζικου

[τ]ῷ σῷ δούλῳ Δανιὴλ μητροπολίτ(ῃ) Κυζίκου

Accession number BZS.1958.106.102
Diameter 24.0 mm; field: 22.0 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 3, no. 53.2.
Laurent, Corpus v/1, no. 348.

Translation

Ὑπεραγία Θεοτόκε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ Δανιὴλ μητροπολίτῃ Κυζίκου.

Holy Mother of God, help your servant Daniel, metropolitan of Kyzikos.

Commentary

The circular inscription on the obverse and the representation of the Virgin are found on the seals of Patriarchs Methodios (843-847) and Photios (858-867, 877-886): Dated Seals, nos. 50, 54). There is also a strong resemblance in the lettering of these seals. For this reason we prefer do date this seal to the ninth century, as opposed to Laurent who placed it in the early tenth.

Kyzikos (modern Balkız) was originally a bishopric of the eparchia of Asia, but in the second half of the IVth century it became the metropolis of the Hellespont. It is listed in all the notitiae until the XVth century. In 688-689 Cypriots were brought to inhabit the peninsula together with their archbishop (cf. DOSeals 2.38). See Laurent, Corpus, V/1, 246-47; Zgusta, 310; Brandes, Städte, 115-18; ODB II, 1164-65.

In addition the seals of this see published by Laurent, see also the bulla of Leo of Kyzikos published in Zacos, Seals II, no. 552; cf. also SBS 3 [1993] 186.

Bibliography

  • Le Corpus des sceaux de l’empire byzantin (Open in Zotero)
  • Kleinasiatische Ortsnamen (Open in Zotero)
  • Die Städte Kleinasiens im 7. und 8. Jahrhundert (Open in Zotero)
  • Catalogue of Byzantine Seals at Dumbarton Oaks and at the Fogg Museum of Art, Vol. 3: West, Northwest, and Central Asia Minor and the Orient (Open in Zotero)
  • Catalogue of the Byzantine Seals at Dumbarton Oaks and at the Fogg Museum of Art, Vol. 2: South of the Balkans, the Islands, South of Asia Minor (Open in Zotero)