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

Accession number BZS.1958.106.4001
Diameter 27 mm
Condition Corroded.
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).


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


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


Σφραγῖς Κορώνης εὐτελοῦς Κωνσταντίνου


Σφραγῖς Κορώνης εὐτελοῦς Κωνσταντίνου.

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



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.