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Aimilios (metropolitan) of Laodikeia (seventh century)

Accession number BZS.1958.106.262
Diameter 31 mm
Field diameter 26 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 3, no. 21.1.

Laurent, Corpus V/1, no. 525.


Cruciform monogram with above; at right; μ at left; and either λ or δ at bottom (the latter is largely destroyed). As there is no ν, we see only one solution of the monogram, Αἰμιλίου and not Αἰμιλιανοῦ. Wreath border.


Inscription of six lines. Wreath border.


ἀναξίου ἐπισκόπου τῆς Λαοδικέων μητρωπόλεως


Αἰμιλίου ἀναξίου ἐπισκόπου τῆς Λαοδικέων μητρωπόλεως.

(Seal of) Aimilios, unworthy bishop of the metropolis of Laodikeia.


Laodikeia (near modern Denizli), a center of tax levying (cf. the seal of a dioiketes: Zacos-Veglery, no. 1748) and one of the oldest metropoleis of Asia Minor, appears in all notitiae at the head of the province of Phrygia Pakatiane – a province that underwent a major restructuring during the "Dark Ages." It has to be carefully distinguished from Laodikeia of Syria. See Brandes, Städte, 94-95; Laurent, Corpus V/1, 387l; Darrouzès, Notitiae, 25-27, 77; Phrygien und Pisidien, 323-26. Further seals of metropolitans in SBS 3 (1993) 131-32, 165, 192.