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Constantine (metropolitan) of Dyrrachion (twelfth/thirteenth century)

Accession Number:
BZS.1958.106.1180

Previous Editions

DO Seals 1, no. 12.16.
Laurent, Corpus V/3, no. 1777 (illus. with a further example recently republished in Zacos, Seals II, no. 774).

Details

Diameter:
34 mm
Field:
30 mm
Condition:
Half missing.

Obverse

Constantine (metropolitan) of Dyrrachion (twelfth/thirteenth century)

St. Isauros standing frontally, holding a domed incense box. Vertical inscription: ΣΑΥ|Ρ|Ο|Σ: Ὅ ἅγιος Ἴσαυρος. Border of dots.

Reverse

Constantine (metropolitan) of Dyrrachion (twelfth/thirteenth century)

Inscription of five lines Border of dots.

ΚΝ
ΝΤΙΝ
ΣΦΡΓΙ
ΤΔΥ
ΧΙ

Κωνσταντίνου σφράγισμα τοῦ Δυρραχίου

Translation

Κωνσταντίνου σφράγισμα τοῦ Δυρραχίου.

Seal of Constantine (metropolitan) of Dyrrachion.

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Commentary

The inscription is in twelve-syllable verse. Laurent proposes identifying the owner of this seal as the metropolitan of Dyrrachion Constantine Kabasilas, who received twenty-nine canonical answers of Demetrios Chomatianos sometime between 1213 and 1235. We note that there is another Constantine metropolitan of Dyrrachion, attested in the last decades of the twelfth century, whom Laurent (Corpus V/1, no. 738) would like to identify as Constantine Apokaukos. These identifications are possible but by no means certain.

 

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