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Sergios II, patriarch of Constantinople (1001–19)

Accession Number:
BZS.1958.106.2207 (formerly DO 58.106.2207)

Previous Editions

DO Seals 6 no. 116.1; Zacos, Seals 2: no. 12; Laurent, Corpus 5.3: no. 1630. Cf. Galavaris, “Thokos,” no. 16 (p. 174).

Details

Diameter:
44 mm
Condition:
Corroded.

Obverse

Sergios II, patriarch of Constantinople (1001–19)

The Mother of God standing, holding Christ on her left arm. At left and right, sigla M-R-ΘV: Μή(τη)ρ Θ(εο)ῦ. Faint traces of a circular inscription. No visible border.

. . . ΗΘΕΙ  ΤΩ . . .

[Θ(εοτό)κε βο]ήθει τῷ [σῷ δούλῳ]

Reverse

Sergios II, patriarch of Constantinople (1001–19)

Inscription of six lines preceded by decoration. No visible border.


ΣΕΡΓΙΩ
ΑΡΧΙΕΠΙ
.Κ,ΚΩΝΣΤΑΝ
.ΙΝΟΥΠΟΛ
ΝΕΑΣΡΩ
Μ

Σεργίῳ ἀρχιεπι[σ]κ(όπῳ) Κωνσταν[τ]ινουπόλ(εως) Νέας Ῥώμ(ης).

Translation

Θεοτόκε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ Σεργίῳ ἀρχιεπισκόπῳ Κωνσταντινουπόλεως Νέας Ῥώμης.

Mother of God, help your servant Sergios, archbishop [patriarch] of Constantinople, the New Rome.

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Commentary

Prior to his elevation to the patriarchal throne, Sergios served as hegoumenos of the monastery τοῦ Μανουήλ (Skylitzes, 341, line 11 and Janin, Églises, 320). His reign is remembered for his opposition to the fiscal obligation known as allelengyon. The law stipulated that wealthier property holders pay the taxes of poorer neighbors who defaulted. He was willing, however, to countenance the charistike, the private management of religious foundations. See ODB 3:1878 and Monastic Foundation Documents 1:202–3.

 

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