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Michael "pastor" (= archbishop) of Apros (eleventh/twelfth century)

Accession Number:
BZS.1958.106.170

Previous Editions

DO Seals 1, no. 46.1.
Laurent, Corpus V/1, no. 838.

Details

Diameter:
21 mm
Field:
17 mm

Obverse

Michael "pastor" (= archbishop) of Apros (eleventh/twelfth century)

Bust of the Virgin orans with medallion of Christ before her. Sigla: ..Θ̅Υ̅ : Μήτηρ Θεοῦ. Border of dots.

Reverse

Michael "pastor" (= archbishop) of Apros (eleventh/twelfth century)

Inscription of five lines. Border of dots.

ΑΠΡ
ΜΙΧΑΗΛ
ΠΟΙΜΕΝΑ
ΣΚΕΠΟΙΣ
ΚΟΡΗ

Ἄπρου Μιχαὴλ ποιμένα σκέποις, Κόρη

Translation

Ἄπρου Μιχαὴλ ποιμένα σκέποις, Κόρη.

Virgin, may you protect Michael, pastor of Apros.

Audio

Commentary

Twelve-syllable verse inscription. Following Laurent, we would attribute this seal to the Michael who signed a document of 1072 (see N. Oikonomides, "Un décret synodal inédit de Jean VIII Xiphilin," REB 18 [1960] 57). Cf. Asdracha, Thrace orientale, 282.

Situated in Turkish Thrace (modern Kermian), Apros was already an autocephalous archiepiscopate in the second quarter of the seventh century and was raised to the status of a metropolis in the second half of the twelfth century. See Laurent, Corpus V/1, 650-51; Asdracha, Thrace orientale, 235-36, 281-83.

 

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