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The poimen (= metropolitan) of Crete (twelfth century)

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.105
Diameter 27 mm
Field diameter 23 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 2, no. 36.13b.
Laurent, Corpus V/1, no. 622.
Cf. SBS 2 (1990) 144-45, no. 13.

Obverse

St. Titos standing. On either side, the inscription: Ο|Α|ΓΙ|Ο|ΣΤ|Ι|Τ|Ο|Σ: ὁ ἅγιος Τίτος. Border of dots.

Reverse

Inscription of five lines, beginning and ending with a cross. Border of dots.

ΤΟΝ
ΠΟΙΜΕΝΑ
ΣΚΕΠΟΙΣΜΕ
ΤΗΣΚΡΙΤΗΣ
ΤΙΤΕ

Τὸν ποιμένα σκέποις με τῆς Κρίτης, Τίτε

Translation

Τὸν ποιμένα σκέποις με τῆς Κρίτης, Τίτε.

Titos, may you protect me, the metropolitan of Crete.

Commentary

Dodecasyllabic. If the explanation proposed above (DO Seals 2, no. 30.4) for the anonymous seals of bishops is accepted, it might be interesting to mention that in the early 12th century a metropolitan of Crete and famous author, Elias (Tsougarakis, Crete, 211, 215), was sent into exile for unknown reasons. As he could not be replaced before he died (or was deposed, but this does not seem to have been the case), an anonymous seal, such as the present one, may have been used by the clergy of Crete for sealing their current affairs in his absence.

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.105
Diameter 27 mm
Field diameter 23 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 2, no. 36.13b.
Laurent, Corpus V/1, no. 622.
Cf. SBS 2 (1990) 144-45, no. 13.

Notes

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.105
Diameter 27 mm
Field diameter 23 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 2, no. 36.13b.
Laurent, Corpus V/1, no. 622.
Cf. SBS 2 (1990) 144-45, no. 13.