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Constantine (bishop or metropolitan) of Tiberioupolis (eleventh century)

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.2049
Diameter 20 mm
Field diameter 15 mm
Condition Light imprint.
Previous Editions

DO Seals 3, no. 109.1.
Laurent, Corpus V/1, no. 881.

Obverse

Faint outline of a bust of St. Michael. No epigraphy visible. Border of dots.

Reverse

Inscription of five lines preceded and followed by decoration.

 
ΣΦΡΑΓ,
ΕΕΑ
ΤΝΛΟΓ,
Κ̅̅ΝΤΙ
,Ρ,ΠΟΛ


Σφραγὶς βεβέα τῶν λόγων Κωνσταντίνου Τιβεριουπόλεως

Translation

Σφραγὶς βεβέα τῶν λόγων Κωνσταντίνου Τιβεριουπόλεως.

The secure seal of the words of Constantine (bishop or metropolitan) of Tiberioupolis.

Commentary

It is obvious that Constantine, a bishop or a metropolitan (the title proedros may indicate either), had used a metrical seal while still a layman. When ordained, he kept the same inscription but added the name of his see to the inscription with no attempt to incorporate the toponym into the metre. Similar examples in SBS 4 (1995) 75 ff.

With the name Tiberioupolis we know from the notitiae one bishopric, suffragan of Laodikeia, then of Hierapolis, and a metropolis situated in Bithynia (Darrouzès, Notitiae, no. 1, line 313; no. 13, line 658; and no. 13, 773; for the metropolis, see also Zacos, Seals II, no. 420). Moreover, the bishopric of Stroumitza, a suffragan of Ohrid, was also officially called Tiberioupolis. See Laurent, Corpus V/1, 688-89; add Zacos-Veglery, no. 1473 (VII/VIII-century seal of a bishop of T.).

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.2049
Diameter 20 mm
Field diameter 15 mm
Condition Light imprint.
Previous Editions

DO Seals 3, no. 109.1.
Laurent, Corpus V/1, no. 881.

Notes

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.2049
Diameter 20 mm
Field diameter 15 mm
Condition Light imprint.
Previous Editions

DO Seals 3, no. 109.1.
Laurent, Corpus V/1, no. 881.

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