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Peter archbishop of Thessalonica (eighth century)

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.1307
Diameter 31 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 1 no. 18.86.
Laurent, Corpus V/1, 449.
Oikonomides, Dated Seals, no. 35.

Obverse

Bust of St. Demetrios holding a martyr's cross before him and flanked by sigla on both sides: ΔΙ: Ὁ ἅγιος Διμήτριος. Circular inscription beginning at 12 o'clock with cross, in between two borders of dots.

ΘΕΟΤΟΚΕΒΟΗΘΕΙ

Θεοτόκε βοήθει

Reverse

Cruciform monogram. Circular inscription beginning at 12 o'clock with cross, in between two borders of dots.

ΑΕΙΚΟΠΡΣΤΥΧ

ΘΕΣΣΑΛΟΝΙΚΗΣ

Πέτρου ἀρχιεπισκόπου Θεσσαλονίκης.

Translation

Θεοτόκε βοήθει. Πέτρου ἀρχιεπισκόπου Θεσσαλονίκης.

Theotokos, give Thy aid. (Seal of) Peter archbishop of Thessaloniki.

Commentary

A metropolitan of Thessalonica named Peter is attested in 688/9 (Lemerle, St. Démétrius, 29). But our seal unquestionably dates from the eighth century and may be reasonably assigned to the metropolitan Peter who appears first in the list of names in the Synodikon of Thessalonica (Gouillard, Synodikon, 114) and was succeeded by Anastasios, owner of DO Seals 1, no. 18.79. Peter's seal, which retains an iconic representation, would have been issued in the period before the Council of Hiereia in 754.

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.1307
Diameter 31 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 1 no. 18.86.
Laurent, Corpus V/1, 449.
Oikonomides, Dated Seals, no. 35.

Notes

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.1307
Diameter 31 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 1 no. 18.86.
Laurent, Corpus V/1, 449.
Oikonomides, Dated Seals, no. 35.

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