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Theopemptos metropolitan of Russia (eleventh century)

Accession number BZS.1958.106.150
Diameter 26 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 1, no. 85.4b.
Laurent, Corpus V/1, no. 782.
Janin, Aktovye, 174, no. 41.

Obverse

Bust of St. John Prodromos holding a scroll. Vertical inscription: Ο||ΔΡ|Ο|Μ: Ὁ ἅγιος Ἰωάννης Πρόδρομος. No visible border.

Reverse

Inscription of five lines. Border of dots.

Κ̅Ε,θ,
θεοπεμ
πτομρο
π,λ,ροσ,
...

Κύριε βοήθει Θεοπέμπτο μητροπολίτῃ Ῥοσσίας

Translation

Κύριε βοήθει Θεοπέμπτο μητροπολίτῃ Ῥοσσίας.

Lord, help Theopemptos metropolitan of Russia.

Commentary

This seal is an accurate copy of 1955.1.4840, but from a different boulloterion.

This prelate, who was the first metropolitan of Kiev (1037-ca. 1043), appears as a signatory to a synodal decree of 1039 (Ficker, Erlasse, 42).

The location of the see varied. Its early history remains a matter of dispute, but we know that it was established at Kiev in the 1030s, was movied to Vladimir in 1298, and finally to Moscow in 1328. Cf. Laurent, Corpus V/1, 599-600.

Accession number BZS.1958.106.150
Diameter 26 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 1, no. 85.4b.
Laurent, Corpus V/1, no. 782.
Janin, Aktovye, 174, no. 41.

Notes

Accession number BZS.1958.106.150
Diameter 26 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 1, no. 85.4b.
Laurent, Corpus V/1, no. 782.
Janin, Aktovye, 174, no. 41.