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N., (bishop) of Erythra (eleventh/twelfth century)

Accession Number:
BZS.1958.106.1965

Previous Editions

DO Seals 3, no. 15.1.

Laurent, Corpus V/3, no. 1793 (misread as Κεκρύπας).

Details

Diameter:
23 mm

Obverse

N., (bishop) of Erythra (eleventh/twelfth century)

The Virgin seated on a high-backed throne holding the medallion of Christ before her. On either side the sigla: μ̅ρ̅-θ̅υ : Μ(ήτη)ρ Θ(εο)ῦ. Within two concentric circles of dots, a partially preserved circular inscription beginning at the top on the right side:

+θκεRοηθειτωσωδο

Θ(εοτό)κε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δο[ύλῳ ......]

Reverse

N., (bishop) of Erythra (eleventh/twelfth century)

Inscription of six lines. Border of dots.

ον
τησερυ
θρασμ̅ρ̅ο
παρθενε
σκεποι
-σ-

Τὸν τῆς Ἐρυθρᾶς, Μ(ητ)ροπάρθενε, σκέποις

Translation

Θεοτόκε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ ... τὸν τῆς Ἐρυθρᾶς, Μητροπάρθενε, σκέποις.

Mother of God, help your servant ... . Virgin Mother of God, may you watch over the (bishop) of Erythra.

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Commentary

Dodecasyllabic. The circular inscription of the obverse probably recorded the owner's name.

Erythra (modern Ildir, near the peninsula facing Chios) was a local administrative center (cf. the ninth/tenth-century seal of an archon of Erythra: Zacos, Seals II, no. 152), a suffragan bishopric of Ephesos, mentioned in all notitiae from the seventh to the thirteenth centuries. Its first known Byzantine bishop is attested in 431 and the last in 1292. See Laurent, Corpus V/1, 209-20; Culerrier, Suffragants d'Ephèse, 156 (episcopal list); Ahrweiler, Smyrne, 54.

 

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