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Epiphanios metropolitan of Traïanoupolis (eleventh century)

Accession Number:
BZS.1958.106.157

Previous Editions

DO Seals 1, no. 61.1.
Laurent, Corpus V/1, no. 693.

Details

Diameter:
28 mm
Condition:
Deep crack along the channel (rev.).

Obverse

Epiphanios metropolitan of Traïanoupolis (eleventh century)

Bust of the Virgin raising her hands before her. No legible sigla; traces of circular inscription along the circumference. Border of dots.

δλ,

Θεοτόκε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλ

Reverse

Epiphanios metropolitan of Traïanoupolis (eleventh century)

Inscription of five lines. Border of dots.

ΕΠΙΦΑ
ΝΙΜ̅Ρ̅Ο̅
ΠΟΛ,.ΡΑΙ
ΑΝΠΟ
ΛΕΣ

Ἐπιφανίῳ μητροπολίτῃ Τραϊανουπόλεως

Translation

Θεοτόκε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ Ἐπιφανίῳ μητροπολίτῃ Τραϊανουπόλεως.

Theotokos, help your servant Epiphanios metropolitan of Traianoupolis.

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Commentary

Laurent mistakenly read the metropolitan's name as Προκοπίῳ.

The metropolis (also seat of a strategos in the eleventh century; see Maksimović and Popović, "Les sceaux byzantins de la région danubienne en Serbie," 233), situated on the Via Egnatia, west of the Maritza River, near the village Loutra of the Alexandroupolis region. It existed from the earliest times until the abandonment of the city in the fourteenth century; the see was then transferred to Mosynoupolis. See Laurent, Corpus V/1, 523-23; Asdracha, Rhodopes, 118-20; REB 31 (1973) 290-91; BNJ 23 (1979) 13-21. Inscriptions: Ἀρχ. Δελτ. 35 (1980) (pub. 1986) 256-61.

 

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