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

Accession number BZS.1958.106.170
Diameter 21 mm
Field diameter 17 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 1, no. 46.1. Laurent, Corpus V/1, no. 838. Cf. Wassiliou-Seibt, Siegel mit metrischen Legenden I, no. 128.


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


Inscription of five lines. Border of dots.


Ἄπρου Μιχαὴλ ποιμένα σκέποις, Κόρη


Ἄπρου Μιχαὴλ ποιμένα σκέποις, Κόρη.

Virgin, may you protect Michael, pastor of Apros.


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.