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Eusthatios metropolitan of Thessalonica, ek sakelliou (1178-1196)

Accession number BZS 1951.31.5.2322
Diameter 32 mm
Field diameter 28 mm
Previous Editions

Laurent, Corpus V/1, no. 462.

Obverse

In the center, the Mother of God standing and holding the medallion of Christ. Standing to her left is an unknown bishop saint, and to the right, St. Peter. Although the details are obscured, a columnar inscription is visible between the central figure and St. Peter: Ο|Π|Ε|Τ|Ρ,: Ὁ ἅγιος Πέτρος. The remains of sigla may be visible at the top to the left and right of the central figure. Indeterminate border.

Reverse

Inscription of seven lines. Border of dots.

θεσαλιτ
δο.ποιμε
ναρχησμε
γραφειταπε.
νοσευαθι
οσεκσακε
λλι

Θεσσαλίτιδος ποιμενάρχης με γράφει ταπεινὸς Εὐσταθίος ἐκ σακελλίου

Translation

Θεσσαλίτιδος ποιμενάρχης με γράφει 
ταπεινὸς Εὐσταθίος ἐκ σακελλίου.

The one who wrote me is Thessaly's humble archbishop Eustathios, a former sakellios.

Commentary

The inscription consists of two dodecasyllabic verses. Although the first line is badly damaged, we accept Laurent's reading in his edition of the seal. If the identification is correct, the seal will have belonged to the famous Eustathios of Thessalonica, who here styles himself an archbishop in the common archaizing practice of the metropolitans of Thessalonica (see DO Seals 1, 50-51). Laurent also noted that the seal recorded an earlier step in Eustathios's career: before becoming metropolitan, he was sakellarios, i.e. the patriarchal sakellarios.

Accession number BZS 1951.31.5.2322
Diameter 32 mm
Field diameter 28 mm
Previous Editions

Laurent, Corpus V/1, no. 462.

Accession number BZS 1951.31.5.2322
Diameter 32 mm
Field diameter 28 mm
Previous Editions

Laurent, Corpus V/1, no. 462.

Notes

Accession number BZS 1951.31.5.2322
Diameter 32 mm
Field diameter 28 mm
Previous Editions

Laurent, Corpus V/1, no. 462.

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