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Constantine bishop of Nicaea (seventh century)

Accession Number:
BZS.1958.106.145

Previous Editions

DO Seals 3, no. 59.8.
Laurent, Corpus, V/1, no. 390.
Zacos-Veglery, no. 304.

Details

Diameter:
30 mm
Field:
23 mm

Obverse

Constantine bishop of Nicaea (seventh century)

Cruciform monogram of Κωνσταντίνου; the Ν on the right is effaced. Wreath border.

Κωνσταντίνου

Reverse

Constantine bishop of Nicaea (seventh century)

Cruciform monogram of ἐπισκόπου; the Ε on the left is lost. In the quarters: ΝΙΚΙ|Σ. Wreath border.

ἐπισκόπου Νικαίας

Translation

Κωνσταντίνου ἐπισκόπου Νικαίας.

(Seal of) Constantine bishop of Nicaea.

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Commentary

Nicaea of Bithynia was a metropolis, not a simple bishopric, in the seventh century; a bishopric of "Nicaea," suffragan of Adrianoupolis, is listed in Darrouzès, Notitiae, no. 3, line 589 (ninth century). We prefer to follow Laurent and attribute the present specimen to the metropolis of Bithynia, since in the seventh century the title ἐπίσκοπος was used for bishops and metropolitans alike (Laurent, Corpus V/1, p. XXVIII).

 

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