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Constantine (metropolitan) of Mytilene (twelfth century)

Accession Number:
BZS 1958.106.12

Previous Editions

DO Seals 2, no. 51.7.
Laurent, Corpus V/1, no. 755.

Details

Diameter:
35 mm
Field:
28 mm

Obverse

Constantine (metropolitan) of Mytilene (twelfth century)

St. Theodora standing, holding a martyr's cross in her right hand, with her left hand open before her. On either side a vertical inscription: Η|Ο|Σ|Ι|ΑΘΕ|Ο|ΡΑ|Δ|: ἡ ὁσία Θεοδώρα. Note that the rho and alpha were placed on either side of the vertical inscription to form the shape of a cross. Border of dots.

Reverse

Constantine (metropolitan) of Mytilene (twelfth century)

Inscription of four lines, a cross above and and two eight-rayed stars below. Border of dots.


ΚΝΝ
ΤΙΝΣΦΡ
ΓΙΣΤ
ΤΥΛΙΝΗΣ

Κωνσταντίνου σφράγισμα τοῦ Μητυλίνης

Translation

Κωνσταντίνου σφράγισμα τοῦ Μητυλίνης.

Seal of Constantine (metropolitan) of Mytilene.

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Commentary

Dodecasyllabic inscription. Laurent is probably correct in saying that the siant represented must be the Alexandrine Theodora, martyred under Diocletian, because she is carrying a martyr's cross. The metropolis of Mytilene was dedicated to St. Theodora (AnalBoll 18 [1899] 226), and for that reason this saint appears on several metropolitans' seals.

 

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