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Romanos metropolitan of Kyzikos and synkellos (eleventh century)

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.707
Diameter 30 mm
Previous Editions

DOSeals 3: 53.8. Cf. Wassiliou-Seibt, Siegel mit metrischen Legenden I, no. 1163c (listing other editions).


The Virgin seated on a high-backed throne nursing the Child. Sigla: ̅ΘΥ̅ : Mή(τη)ρ Θ(εο)ῦ. Within a border of dots, a circular inscription:


Κ(ύρι)ε ὁ Θ[(εό)ς μ]ου, ὁ εἰς σὲ ἐ[λ]πί[ζων οὐ κ]αταισχύνετ(αι)


Inscription of seven lines. Border of dots.



Θ(εοτό)κε β(οή)θ(ει) τῷ σῷ δούλ(ῳ) Ῥωμανῷ μ(ητ)ροπολίτῃ Κυζίκου (καὶ) συγκέλλῳ


Κύριε ὁ Θεός μου, ὁ εἰς σὲ ἐλπίζων οὐ καταισχύνεται. 

Θεοτόκε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ Ῥωμανῷ μητροπολίτῃ Κυζίκου καὶ συγκέλλῳ.

The Lord my God, the man who places his hope in You is not disappointed. 

Mother of God, help your servant Romanos, metropolitan of Kyzikos and synkellos.


The obverse inscription visible on the Zacos specimen (Seals II, no. 879) allows us to rectify the erroneous reading and restitution of Lihačev (IZIGI, 163) and Laurent, who suggested ἀποτυγχάνει instead of καταισχύνεται. The owner was likely Romanos of Kyzikos who signed a synodal document of 1072, specifically identifying himself as a synkellos (Oikonomides, "Un décret," 57). He was succeeded by Symeon who occupied the throne in 1079. For the uncommon representation of the Virgin, see A. Cutler, "The Cult of the Galaktotrophousa in Byzantium and Italy," JÖB 37 (1987), 335-50.