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Nikephoros archbishop of Caesarea or of Calabria (?) (ninth century)

Accession Number:
BZS.1958.106.368

Previous Editions

DO Seals 4, no. 79.2.

Laurent, Corpus V3, no. 1803; Zacos-Veglery, no. 1343.

Details

Diameter:
38 mm
Field:
29 mm
Condition:
Half missing.

Obverse

Nikephoros archbishop of Caesarea or of Calabria (?) (ninth century)

Bust of the Virgin holding a medallion of Christ before her. At right, a cruciform invocative monogram (partially imprinted). Wreath border.

Reverse

Nikephoros archbishop of Caesarea or of Calabria (?) (ninth century)

Inscription of five lines. Wreath border.

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Νικ[η]φόρῳ [ἀρχι]επισ[κόπ]ῳ Κα[ισαρ]ία[ς] or Κα[λαβρ]ία[ς]

Translation

Θεοτόκε βοήθει Νικηφόρῳ ἀρχιεπισκόπῳ Καισαρίας or Καλαβρίας.

Mother of God, help Nikephoros, archbishop of Caesarea/Calabria.

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Commentary

There is no way of saying which restoration is correct, as both are equally possible: the metropolitan of Caesarea often used the title of archbishop on his seals and signatures. Zacos and Veglery restored Καλαβρίας, while Laurent remained in doubt and dated the seal to the end of the ninth century, a date that is too late in our opinion.

 

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