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Constantine bishop of Paros (eleventh/twelfth century)

Accession number BZS.1947.2.130
Diameter 25 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 2, no. 53.1.
Laurent, Corpus V/1, no. 711 (slightly different reading).


Bust of the Virgin orans with the medallion of Christ before her. On either side, the sigla: ..ΘΥ̅: Μήτηρ Θεοῦ. Border of dots.


Inscription of five lines. Border of dots.


Κύριε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ Κωνσταντίνῳ ἐπισκόπ Πάρου


Κύριε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ Κωνσταντίνῳ ἐπισκόπῳ Πάρου.

Lord, help your servant Constantine bishop of Paros.


Today this island in the Cyclades is still known as Paros. Paros was a bishopric suffragan of Rhodes attested already in 431; it continued in this status until 1083 when the see was joined with Naxos and became a metropolis under the name of Paronaxia (cf. Zacos, Seals II, no. 1039). See Laurent, Corpus V/1, 537; Fedalto, 219-20; Malamut, Iles, 215, 356; ODB III, 1590-91.