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Theodore metropolitan of Ainos (eleventh century)

Accession Number:
BZS.1955.1.4835

Previous Editions

DO Seals 1, no. 45.5.

Details

Diameter:
22 mm
Condition:
Holed.

Obverse

Theodore metropolitan of Ainos (eleventh century)

Bust of the Virgin orans with medallion of Christ before her. Sigla: ̅ΘΥ̅ : Μήτηρ Θεοῦ. Border of dots.

Reverse

Theodore metropolitan of Ainos (eleventh century)

Inscription of four lines preceded and followed by decoration. Border of dots.


ΘΚΕ,Θ,
ΘΕΟΔΡ
ΜΡΟΠΟΛΙΤ,
ΑΙΝΟΥ
·

Θεοτόκε βοήθει Θεοδώρῳ μητροπολίτ Αἴνου

Translation

Θεοτόκε βοήθει Θεοδώρῳ μητροπολίτῃ Αἴνου.

Theotokos, help Theodore metropolitan of Ainos.

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Commentary

Ainos, modern Enez in Turkish Thrace, was originally a suffragan bishopric of Traïanoupolis. It is mentioned in the ekthesis of Pseudo-Epiphanios as an archbishopric and became a metropolitan see by 1032. See Laurent, Corpus V/1, 614-15; Asdracha, Thrace orientale, 242-243 and 288-89; Asdracha, in REB 31 (1973) 291 and in BNJ 23 (1979) 44-51. Since the publication of the third volume of Laurent's corpus of ecclesiastical seals, the excavations at Pernik (Pernik [Sophia, 1983] 129) have yielded the late eleventh/early twelfth century seal of another unknown prelate of Ainos, the metropolitan Andronikos. The city has been the object of extensive excavations: A. Erzen, "Enez (Ainos) Araştırmaları," Güney-Doğu Avrupa Araştırmaları Dergisi (Istanbul Univ., Edebiyat Fak.) 1 (1972) 235-48; A. Erzen, "Enez (Ainos) Kazıları," ibid. 2-3 (1974) 217-238; K. Göçmen, "Enez limanının değişen öneminde deltasının Etkileri," ibid. 253-266.

 

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