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Nicholas metropolitan of Athens (1160-75)

Accession Number:
BZS.1955.1.5007

Previous Editions

DO Seals 2, no. 9.7.
Laurent, Corpus V/1, no. 605.
Oikonomides, Dated Seals, no. 120.
Reproduced in G.P. Galavaris, "Seals of the Byzantine Empire," Archaeology 12 (1959) 267, no. 6.

Details

Diameter:
29 mm
Condition:
Struck off-center.

Obverse

Nicholas metropolitan of Athens (1160-75)

Bust of the Virgin holding Christ. Vertical inscriptions on either side: ̅ΘΥ̅  and Η|ΑΘ|ΝΑΙ|Σ: Μήτηρ Θεοῦ ἡ Αθηναΐς. Border of dots.

Reverse

Nicholas metropolitan of Athens (1160-75)

Inscription of four lines, decoration above. Border of dots.


σφρα
γισαν
οιμενοσ
νικολα

Σφραγὶς Ἀθηνῶν ποιμένος Νικολάου

Translation

Σφραγὶς Ἀθηνῶν ποιμένος Νικολάου.

The seal of Nicholas, metropolitan of Athens.

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Commentary

Dodecasyllabic verse. Only one metrpolitan with the name of Nicholas appears in the synodikon (Gouillard, Syndikon, 180); thus our specimen can be attributed with certainty to Nicholas Hagiotheodorites, the successor of George Bourtzes (who died in 1160; see no. 9.5 above). Nicholas is attested as a metropolitan of Athens in March 1066, and he died in 1175 (Orlandos-Branouses, no. 48); June; Darrouzès, "Obit des deux méetropolites d'Athènes," REB 20 [1962] 196: August 11; cf. also REB 23 [1965] 158). We have a second, similar seal of the same metropolitan, from a different boulloterion (Laurent, Corpus V/1, no. 604).

 

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