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Nicholas metropolitan of Asmosaton (eleventh century)

Accession Number:
BZS.1955.1.4829

Previous Editions

DO Seals 4, no. 58.2.

A parallel specimen is published in Laurent, "Sceau inédit du métropole d'Asmosata Nicolas," EO 28 (1929) 295-96 (= Corpus V/3, no. 1800).

Details

Diameter:
24 mm

Obverse

Nicholas metropolitan of Asmosaton (eleventh century)

Bust of St. Nicholas; details indistinct. Inscription in two columns: -ο|λ|ο : Ὁ ἅ(γιος) [Νι]κόλ[α]ο(ς). No visible border.

Reverse

Nicholas metropolitan of Asmosaton (eleventh century)

Inscription of five lines, a decoration below. No visible border.

.κεRθ
..κολ.
μητρ,πο
λητ,σμ
στον

Κ(ύρι)ε β(οή)θ(ει) [Νι]κολ[άο] μητρ(ο)πολήτ(ῃ) Ἀσμ[ο]σάτον

Translation

Κύριε βοήθει Νικολάο μητροπολήτῃ Ἀσμοσάτον.

Lord, help Nicholas, metropolitan of Asmosaton.

Audio

Commentary

In the second line of the reverse, our reading of the spelling of Nicholas' name follows the letters preserved on the Laurent specimen. In the fifth line, Laurent incorrectly read the last letter as an upsilon.

Modern Ašmušat, located near the southern bank of the Murad-su (Arsanias river; cf. Listes, 360). The metropolis seems to have been established at the same time as the creation of the theme of Asmosaton (shortly after 938; Listes, 360) and continued to exist until the Seljuk invasion of the area after 1050. See Laurent, Corpus V/3, 143; Darrouzès, Notitiae, no. 6, l. 57, no. 9, l. 559, no. 10, l.798, no. 13, l. 815; cf. SBS 6 (1999) 81.

 

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