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Dometios metropolitan of Chalcedon (eleventh century)

Accession number BZS.1958.106.35
Diameter 20 mm
Condition Blank too small for die; the channel runs horizontally.
Previous Editions

DO Seals 3, no. 77.1.


Indistinct bust of a female saint (no doubt Euphemia), her head covered by a veil and holding a martyr's cross. No inscription or border visible.


Inscription of four lines. No border visible.


Δομετίῳ μητροπολίτῃ Χαλκηδόνος


Δομετίῳ μητροπολίτῃ Χαλκηδόνος.

Dometios metropolitan of Chalcedon.


In his edition Laurent proposed that Κ(ύρι)ε β(οή)θ(ει) preceded the inscription, but this is unlikely owing to the lack of space. The restitution of the rare name Dometios is uncertain but no other possibilities leap out.

Chalcedon, modern Kadiköy, located on the Asiatic coast opposite Constantinople, was established as a metropolis in 451 by Emperor Marcian. It was unusual in that at no time did it have suffragans. Despite the presence of a hippodrome, a palace, and numerous churches and monasteries, nearly all traces of its Byzantine past have disappeared (Janin, Grand centres, 31-35, 423-26; Laurent, Corpus V/1, 289; ODB I, 403). The most famous of its sanctuaries was the church of St. Euphemia (martyred in 303), a fourth-century foundation (destroyed by the Persians) which served as the site of the Council of 451. Euphemia is the saint usually depicted on the seals of the metropolitans of Chalcedon; (see F. Halkin, Euphémie de Chalcédoine, Brussels, 1965).