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Constantine archbishop of Methymna (eleventh century)

Accession Number:
BZS.1955.1.4706

Previous Editions

DO Seals 2, no. 52.1a.

Details

Diameter:
20 mm
Condition:
Effaced on obv.

Obverse

Constantine archbishop of Methymna (eleventh century)

Bust of the Virgin with hands held palm outward before her. On either side the sigla: ̅ΘΥ̅ : Μήτηρ Θεοῦ. Border of dots.

Reverse

Constantine archbishop of Methymna (eleventh century)

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

ΚΝ
ΕΛΕΘΥ
ΑΡΧΙΕΠ,
ΚΟΠ,ΜΗ
ΘΥΜΝ,

Κωνσταντῖνος ἐλέῳ Θεοῦ ἀρχιεπίσκοπος Μηθύμνης

Translation

Κωνσταντῖνος ἐλέῳ Θεοῦ ἀρχιεπίσκοπος Μηθύμνης.

Constantine by the mercy of God, archbishop of Methymna.

Audio

Commentary

Methymna (Molybos), the second most important city of the island of Lesbos, is listed in the notitiae as an archbishopric; some time between 1072 (REB 18 [1960] 57) and 1084/1085 (ibid., 68), it was raised to the rank of metropolis, probably close to 1080. See Laurent, Corpus V/1, 622, 646; Fedalto, 213-15; Malamut, Iles, 232, 275, 356, 370.

 

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