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Constantine bishop of Adramyttion (eleventh century)

Accession Number:
BZS.1955.1.4898

Previous Editions

DO Seals 3, no. 3.3.

A better preserved specimen from the same boulloterion is published (with illustration) in Sig. 258 (= Laurent, Corpus V/1, no. 274).

Details

Diameter:
13 mm
Condition:
Cracked open along the channel from 2 o'clock to 8 o'clock.

Obverse

Constantine bishop of Adramyttion (eleventh century)

Bust of St. Athanasios (only head visible). At right is one letter from an identifying inscription: σ. Border of dots.

Reverse

Constantine bishop of Adramyttion (eleventh century)

Inscription of four lines. Border of dots:

+κ..
προεδρ
αδραμυ
τιου

Κ[ων(σταντῖνος)] πρόεδρ(ος) Ἀδραμυτίου

Translation

Κωνσταντῖνος πρόεδρος Ἀδραμυτίου.

Constantine, bishop of Adramyttion.

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Commentary

The owner may have been a poet who didn't know it since the simple inscription does make a correct twelve-syllable verse. On St. Athanasios, represented on the obverse, see BZS.1951.31.5.991.

Adramyttion or Atramyttion (modern Edremit) was an important naval base, part of the Thrakesion. After the creation of the theme of Samos, between 843 and 899, Adramyttion and its littoral became the seat of one of its tourmai (De Them., chap. XVI, line 15) while the interior belonged to the strategos of the Thrakesion, who also kept, at least in the ninth century, a tourmarches at Adramyttion. The see, a suffragan of Ephesos, was first attested in 431 and appears in all the notitiae.See Laurent, Corpus V/1, 190; Culerrier, Suffragants d'Ephèse, 153 (episcopal list); ODB I, 227.

 

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