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Theodore Tzantzes, synkellos and metropolitan of Herakleia (eleventh century)

Accession Number:
BZS.1958.106.436

Previous Editions

DO Seals 1, no. 53.8.
Galavaris, "Seals of the Byzantine Empire," 268, pl. 8.
Laurent, Corpus V/1, no. 306. Laurent illustrates the DO specimen but describes a similar seal in the Seyrig collection.

Details

Diameter:
29 mm
Field:
25 mm

Obverse

Theodore Tzantzes, synkellos and metropolitan of Herakleia (eleventh century)

Bust of the Virgin with hands upraised before her. Sigla: ̅Θ̅Υ: Μήτηρ Θεοῦ. Border of dots.

Reverse

Theodore Tzantzes, synkellos and metropolitan of Herakleia (eleventh century)

Inscription of seven lines, the final two letters between decorations. Border of dots.

ΘΚ̅Ε̅,Θ,
ΘΕΟΔ
ΡΣΥΓΚΕ
ΛΜ̅Ρ̅ΟΠΟ
Λ,Τ,ΗΡΑΚΛΕΙ
ΑΣΤΑΝ
Η

Θεοτόκε βοήθει Θεοδώρῳ συγκέλλῳ καὶ μητροπολίτ Ἡρακλείας τῷ Τζάντζῃ

Translation

Θεοτόκε βοήθει Θεοδώρῳ συγκέλλῳ καὶ μητροπολίτῃ Ἡρακλείας τῷ Τζάντζῃ.

Theotokos, help Theodore Tzantzes, synkellos and metropolitan of Herakleia.

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Commentary

For prosopographical reasons, Laurent drew a brief, albeit irrelevant, sketch of the family's history (cf. also DO Seals 1, no. 43.14 = BZS 1958.106.4609) and placed the (otherwise unknown) metropolitan Theodore in the third quarter of the eleventh century; cf. Asdracha, Thrace orientale, 271.

 

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