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George bishop of Korone (tenth/eleventh century)

Accession number BZS.1947.2.76
Diameter 20 mm
Condition Broken along the channel; nearly one third missing.
Previous Editions

DO Seals 2, no. 28.3.
Laurent, Corpus V/1, no. 652.


Bust of the Virgin holding the medallion of Christ before her. No traces of the sigla remain. Within a border of dots, traces of a circular inscription: Δˊ

Θεοτόκε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ


Inscription of four lines followed by a row of pellets. Border of dots.

  

Γεοργίῳ ἐπισκόπ Κορόνης


Θεοτόκε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ Γεοργίῳ ἐπισκόπῳ Κορόνης.

Mother of God, help your servant George bishop of Korone.


The ancient Korone was situated near the modern village of Petalidi (Messenia); the medieval and modern town occupies the location of ancient Asine. The bishopric, given as a suffragan to Patras sometime between 802 and 806 (Σαρσοκορώνη: problematic name on which see M. Kordoses, "Ἡ ἀρχαία Ἀρκαδικὴ πόλη Κορώνη καὶ ἡ Βυζαντινὴ Σαρσοκορώνη," Δωδώνη 16/1 [1987] 243-52), appears for the first time in an episcopal list of the early 10th century (Darrouzès, Notitiae, no. 7, line 552). A bishop of Korone is mentioned by Michael Psellos (MB V, 378). Later (14th c.) Korone will be attached to Monembasia. See Laurent, Corpus V/1, 486; Fedalto, 499-500; ODB II, 1149-50.