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Anastasios metropolitan of Side (tenth century)

Accession Number:
BZS.1958.106.58

Previous Editions

DO Seals 2, no. 78.1.
Laurent, Corpus V/1, no. 406; the seal, illustrated in the plate volume, is incorrectly ascribed to the Vienna Museum.

Details

Diameter:
28 mm
Field:
22 mm
Condition:
Cracked along channel.

Obverse

Anastasios metropolitan of Side (tenth century)

Beardless bust (details indistinct) surrounded by a circle of dots, around which runs a circular inscription. A border of pellets within two concentric circles of dots.

...ΕΟΗΘΕΙΤΣΔΟΥΛ

Θεοτόκε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ

Reverse

Anastasios metropolitan of Side (tenth century)

Inscription of four lines. A border of pellets within two concentric circles of dots.

ΑΝΑΣΤ
ΑΣΙΜΗΤ
ΡΟΠΟΛΙΤΗ
ΣΙΔΗΣ

Ἀναστασίῳ μητροπολίτῃ Σίδης

Translation

Θεοτόκε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ Ἀναστασίῳ μητροπολίτῃ Σίδης

Mother of God, help your servant Anastasios metropolitan of Side.

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Commentary

Laurent, Corpus V/1, no. 405, published a different seal having belonged to a metropolitan of Side named Anastasios. In our opinion, this specimen is considerably later than ours.

Side (today Selimiye, previously also called Eski Antalya, at 7 km from Manavgat) was a major late antique city, metropolis of Pamphylia first attested in 451, and appearing as such in all notitiae from the 7th century onward. The city declined after the 7th century and was seemingly abandoned in the 11th, probably in favor of Attaleia (which, from bishopric, became [1084] metropolis), but "titular" metropolitans of Side continued being appointed. See Laurent, Corpus V/1, 293-94; Fedalto, 238; Brandes, Städte, 102-3; ODB III, 1892.

 

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