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Sophronios archbishop of Cyprus (after 1191)

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.1336
Diameter 32 mm
Field diameter 25 mm
Condition Chipped above at channel opening, dented at top on rev.
Previous Editions

DO Seals 2, no. 38.14b.
Laurent, Corpus V/2, no. 1487 (slightly different reading).

Obverse

Inscription of five lines, a cross above. Border of dots.


ΕΝΤΑΥ
ΘΑΣΦΡΑΓΙΣ
ΓΡΑΦΝΑ
ΣΦΑΛΕΑ
ΤΗ

Ἐνταῦθα σφραγὶς γραφῶν ἀσφαλεστάτη

Reverse

Inscription of four lines, preceded and followed by a cross. Border of dots.


ΤΠΟΙΜΕ
ΝΑΡΧΚΥ
ΙΝΣ
ΦΡΟΝΙ 

τοῦ ποιμενάρχου Κυπρίων Σωφρονίου

Translation

Ἐνταῦθα σφραγὶς γραφῶν ἀσφαλεστάτη τοῦ ποιμενάρχου Κυπρίων Σωφρονίου.

Herewith the most secure seal of the correspondence of Sophronios, archbishop of Cyprus.

Commentary

Two dodecasyllabic verses. Sophronios, mentioned as archbishop in the chronicle of Machairas, was in office in 1191 when Richard the Lionhearted took the island; he remained on the archiepiscopal throne for some years longer (V. Laurent, Les regestes des actes du patriarcat de Constantinople I/4 [Paris, 1974], no. 1210). No other archbishop of this name occupied the see of Cyprus from the 11th toe the 13th centuries.

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.1336
Diameter 32 mm
Field diameter 25 mm
Condition Chipped above at channel opening, dented at top on rev.
Previous Editions

DO Seals 2, no. 38.14b.
Laurent, Corpus V/2, no. 1487 (slightly different reading).

Notes

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.1336
Diameter 32 mm
Field diameter 25 mm
Condition Chipped above at channel opening, dented at top on rev.
Previous Editions

DO Seals 2, no. 38.14b.
Laurent, Corpus V/2, no. 1487 (slightly different reading).