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Daniel metropolitan of Kyzikos (ninth century)

Accession number BZS.1958.106.102
Diameter 24 mm
Field diameter 22 mm
Condition Cracked along channel and broken at top
Previous Editions

DO Seals 3, no. 53.2.
Laurent, Corpus v/1, no. 348.


The Virgin standing, holding Christ in her left arm. Within a border of dots, a circular inscription:


Ὑπεραγία [Θ(εοτό)κε β]οήθει


Inscription of five lines. Border of dots.



[τ]ῷ σῷ δούλῳ Δανιὴλ μητροπολίτ(ῃ) Κυζίκου


Ὑπεραγία Θεοτόκε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ Δανιὴλ μητροπολίτῃ Κυζίκου.

Holy Mother of God, help your servant Daniel, metropolitan of Kyzikos.


The circular inscription on the obverse and the representation of the Virgin are found on the seals of Patriarchs Methodios (843-847) and Photios (858-867, 877-886): Dated Seals, nos. 50, 54). There is also a strong resemblance in the lettering of these seals. For this reason we prefer do date this seal to the ninth century, as opposed to Laurent who placed it in the early tenth.

Kyzikos (modern Balkız) was originally a bishopric of the eparchia of Asia, but in the second half of the IVth century it became the metropolis of the Hellespont. It is listed in all the notitiae until the XVth century. In 688-689 Cypriots were brought to inhabit the peninsula together with their archbishop (cf. DOSeals 2.38). See Laurent, Corpus, V/1, 246-47; Zgusta, 310; Brandes, Städte, 115-18; ODB II, 1164-65.

In addition the seals of this see published by Laurent, see also the bulla of Leo of Kyzikos published in Zacos, Seals II, no. 552; cf. also SBS 3 [1993] 186.