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Michael archbishop of Kios (eleventh century)

Accession Number:
BZS.1955.1.4708

Previous Editions

DO Seals 3, no. 50.4.

 

Details

Diameter:
18 mm
Condition:
Corroded and cracked along channel (obverse).

Obverse

Michael archbishop of Kios (eleventh century)

An angel standing, no doubt St. Michael, holding a globus in his left hand. No inscription visible. Border of dots.

Reverse

Michael archbishop of Kios (eleventh century)

Inscription of four lines. No border visible.

μιχα.
λαρχι.
ισκοπ.
κιο.

Μιχα[ὴ]λ ἀρχι[επ]ισκόπ[ου] Κίο[υ]

Translation

Μιχαὴλ ἀρχιεπισκόπου Κίου.

(Seal of) Michael, archbishop of Kios.

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Commentary

Kios (modern Gemlik) is located in a gulf on the sea of Marmara; it was a place of concentration of agricultural produce. It is attested as a see as early as the Council of Nicaea (325) and is listed as an archbishopric in all notitiae until the fourteenth century. See Laurent, Corpus V/1, 648; Zgusta, 266-67.

 

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