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Constantine metropolitan of Asmosaton (eleventh century)

Accession number BZS.1958.106.359
Diameter 23 mm
Field diameter 21 mm
Condition Corroded (obverse).
Previous Editions

DO Seals 4, no. 58.1.

Laurent, Corpus V/3, no. 1801.


Bust of the Virgin holding a medallion of Christ; pellets above her shoulders. Sigla: ̅-θ̅υ : Μ(ήτη)ρ Θ(εο)ῦ. Border of dots.


Inscription of five lines. Border of dots.


Κων[σ]ταντ[(ί)ν(ου) μητ]ροπολ(ίτου) [Ἀ]σμοσάτ(ου)


Κωνσταντίνου μητροπολίτου Ἀσμοσάτου.

Constantine, metropolitan of Asmosaton.


Modern Ašmušat, located near the southern bank of the Murad-su (Arsanias river; cf. Listes, 360). The metropolis seems to have been established at the same time as the creation of the theme of Asmosaton (shortly after 938; Listes, 360) and continued to exist until the Seljuk invasion of the area after 1050. See Laurent, Corpus V/3, 143; Darrouzès, Notitiae, no. 6, l. 57, no. 9, l. 559, no. 10, l.798, no. 13, l. 815; cf. SBS 6 (1999) 81.