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Constantine (bishop) of Korone (twelfth century, second half)

 
 

Obverse

The Virgin standing, holding Christ. Sigla: ̅ΘΥ̅ : Μήτηρ Θεοῦ. No border visible.

Reverse

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


ΣΦΡΑΓΙΣ
.ΟΡΝΗΣ
ΕΥΤΕΛΟΥΣ
ΚΝΑΝ
ΤΙΝΟΥ

Σφραγῖς Κορώνης εὐτελοῦς Κωνσταντίνου

Obverse

The Virgin standing, holding Christ. Sigla: ̅ΘΥ̅ : Μήτηρ Θεοῦ. No border visible.

Reverse

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


ΣΦΡΑΓΙΣ
.ΟΡΝΗΣ
ΕΥΤΕΛΟΥΣ
ΚΝΑΝ
ΤΙΝΟΥ

Σφραγῖς Κορώνης εὐτελοῦς Κωνσταντίνου

Accession number BZS.1958.106.4001
Diameter 27.0 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 2, no. 28.2; see also Wassiliou-Seibt, Siegel mit metrischen Legenden II, no. 2504.
Cf. parallel specimen published in Sig., 185 (= Konstantopoulos, no. 91 = Laurent, Corpus V/1, no. 654).

Translation

Σφραγῖς Κορώνης εὐτελοῦς Κωνσταντίνου.

Seal of the unworthy Constantine, (bishop) of Korone.

Commentary

Dodecasyllabic.

The ancient Korone was situated near the modern village of Petalidi (Messenia); the medieval and modern town occupies the location of ancient Asine. The bishopric, given as a suffragan to Patras sometime between 802 and 806 (Σαρσοκορώνη: problematic name on which see M. Kordoses, "Ἡ ἀρχαία Ἀρκαδικὴ πόλη Κορώνη καὶ ἡ Βυζαντινὴ Σαρσοκορώνη," Δωδώνη 16/1 [1987] 243-52), appears for the first time in an episcopal list of the early 10th century (Darrouzès, Notitiae, no. 7, line 552). A bishop of Korone is mentioned by Michael Psellos (MB V, 378). Later (14th c.) Korone will be attached to Monembasia. See Laurent, Corpus V/1, 486; Fedalto, 499-500; ODB II, 1149-50.