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The bishop of Kitros (eleventh/twelfth century)

Accession Number:
BZS.1955.1.5043

Previous Editions

DO Seals 1, no. 24.2.
Illustrated in Laurent, Corpus V/1, no. 467.

Details

Diameter:
23 mm

Obverse

The bishop of Kitros (eleventh/twelfth century)

The Virgin turned toward right, hands extended upward. Sigla: ΜΡ̅ΘΥ̅ : Μήτηρ Θεοῦ. Border of dots.

Reverse

The bishop of Kitros (eleventh/twelfth century)

Inscription of five lines. Border of dots.

ΤΟΝΤ
ΚΙΤΡΠΑ
ΝΑΓΝΕΠΟΙ
ΜΕΝΑΣΚΕ
ΠΟΙΣ

Τὸν τοῦ Κίτρου, Πάναγνε, ποιμένα σκέποις.

Translation

Τὸν τοῦ Κίτρου, Πάναγνε, ποιμένα σκέποις.

All-holy One, may you protect the bishop of Kitros.

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Commentary

Dodecasyllable. Both this seal and the two specimens published in DO Seals 1, no. 24.1 are seals of the bishops of Kitros that are essentially anonymous. They are identical except for the image of the Virgin that turns toward the right on this seal and toward the left on DO Seals 1, no. 24.1.

Modern Kitros is southwest of Thessalonica. The see was in existence at least by the late ninth century; a bishop Germanos is known to have attended the council of 879 (DHGE 12 [1953] col. 998). It is regularly mentioned in episcopal lists up to the Fourth Crusade (cf. Laurent, Corpus V/1, 341).

 

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