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Demetrios metropolitan of Herakleia (ninth/tenth century)

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.1306
Diameter 25 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 1, no. 53.5.
Laurent, Corpus V/1, no. 303.


Two frontal busts: St. Peter (left) holding a cross potent on a long shaft and St. Paul holding book. Along the circumference, circular inscription beginning at 6 o'clock between a double border of dots.


Ἅγιοι Πέτρε καὶ Παῦλε βοηθεῖτε


Inscription of five lines preceded and followed by decoration. Border of dots.


Δημητρίῳ μητροπολίτῃ Ἡρακλείας


Ἅγιοι Πέτρε καὶ Παῦλε βοηθεῖτε Δημητρίῳ μητροπολίτῃ Ἡρακλείας.

Saints Peter and Paul, help Demetrios metropolitan of Herakleia.


Laurent may well be correct that the archbishop attested here is the Demetrios to whom Arethas (before his elevation to the throne of Kaisareia and therefore before 901) presented an old, but "serviceable) copy of a book written by Emperor Marcus Aurelius (L. G. Westerink, Arethae scripta minora [Leipzig, 1968] 305). Loyal to Patriarch Euthymios, he was removed from his metropolis in June 912 by Patriarch Nicholas I (Grumel, Regestes, nos. 631-32). See Asdracha, Thrace orientale, 269.