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Constantine metropolitan of Myra and synkellos (eleventh century)

Accession Number:
BZS.1958.106.364

Previous Editions

DO Seals 2, no. 72.2.
Laurent, Corpus V/3, no. 1755 (misread as Πατρῶν); similar seals, correctly read, published by Laurent, Corpus V/1, no. 507: two specimens from Vienna and one from the American Numismatic Society; two are reproduced in the album. Of these, the small one comes from the same boulloterion as our specimen; the larger one comes from a different boulloterion, but of the same time period.

Details

Diameter:
16 mm
Field:
13 mm

Obverse

Constantine metropolitan of Myra and synkellos (eleventh century)

Bust of St. Nicholas blessing and holding the book. On either side, inscription: |ΝΙ|Κ,Λ|Α|Ο,: ὁ ἅγιος Νικόλαος. Border of dots.

Reverse

Constantine metropolitan of Myra and synkellos (eleventh century)

Inscription of five lines. Border of dots.

Κ̅Ε̅,Θ,
Κ̅̅Ν̅Μ̅Ρ̅Ο̅
ΠΟΜΥΡΟΝ
ΣΥΚΕΛ
Λ

Κύριε βοήθει Κωνσταντίνῳ μητροπολίτῃ Μύρον καὶ συγκέλλῳ

Translation

Κύριε βοήθει Κωνσταντίνῳ μητροπολίτῃ Μύρον καὶ συγκέλλῳ.

Lord, help Constantine metropolitan of Myra and synkellos.

Audio

Commentary

Note the rare ligature ΥΓ.

Myra (ruins close to Demre) was famous for the relics of St. Nicholas; it was also a major metropolis mentioned in all notitiae and whose metropolitans attended the major councils and the patriarchal synod from the 4th century onward. See Laurent, Corpus V/1, 370; Zacos, Seals II, no. 380; Fedalto, 225-26; J. Darrouzès, in REB 44 (1986) 17-19; ODB II, 1428; Zgusta, 410-11; Brandes, Städte, 96-98.

 

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