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Aimilios (metropolitan) of Laodikeia (seventh century)

Accession Number:
BZS.1958.106.262

Previous Editions

DO Seals 3, no. 21.1.

Laurent, Corpus V/1, no. 525.

Details

Diameter:
31 mm
Field:
26 mm

Obverse

Aimilios (metropolitan) of Laodikeia (seventh century)

Cruciform monogram with above; at right; μ at left; and either λ or δ at bottom (the latter is largely destroyed). As there is no ν, we see only one solution of the monogram, Αἰμιλίου and not Αἰμιλιανοῦ. Wreath border.

Reverse

Aimilios (metropolitan) of Laodikeia (seventh century)

Inscription of six lines. Wreath border.

+νξ
ιεπισκο
πτησλο
δικενμ
ητρπο
λεσ

ἀναξίου ἐπισκόπου τῆς Λαοδικέων μητρωπόλεως

Translation

Αἰμιλίου ἀναξίου ἐπισκόπου τῆς Λαοδικέων μητρωπόλεως.

(Seal of) Aimilios, unworthy bishop of the metropolis of Laodikeia.

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Commentary

Laodikeia (near modern Denizli), a center of tax levying (cf. the seal of a dioiketes: Zacos-Veglery, no. 1748) and one of the oldest metropoleis of Asia Minor, appears in all notitiae at the head of the province of Phrygia Pakatiane – a province that underwent a major restructuring during the "Dark Ages." It has to be carefully distinguished from Laodikeia of Syria. See Brandes, Städte, 94-95; Laurent, Corpus V/1, 387l; Darrouzès, Notitiae, 25-27, 77; Phrygien und Pisidien, 323-26. Further seals of metropolitans in SBS 3 (1993) 131-32, 165, 192.

 

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