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Constantine bishop of Sosandra (eleventh century)

Accession number BZS.1958.106.5302
Diameter 16 mm
Condition Corroded.
Previous Editions

DO Seals 3, no. 36.1. Cf. Wassiliou-Seibt, Siegel mit metrischen Legenden I, no. 1195.

Obverse

The Virgin standing, turning three quarters and raising hands up to her left. Faint remains of inscription: -.. : Μή(τη)ρ [Θ(εο)ῦ]. Border of dots.

Reverse

Inscription of four lines. Border of dots.

+κν
πνγνε
σσν,
σκεπ

Κων(σταντῖνον), Πάναγνε, Σωσάνδ(ρων) σκέπ(οις)

Translation

Κωνσταντῖνον, Πάναγνε, Σωσάνδρων σκέποις.

Holy Virgin, may you watch over Constantine (bishop) of Sosandra.

Commentary

Dodecasyllabic verse.

Sosandra has been identified with modern Emiralem, the ancient Herakleia of Sipylon, to the north of Smyrna in the Hermos valley. It was the see of a bishop suffragan of Smyrna, created after the promulgation of the notitia of Leo VI (Darrouzès, Notitiae, no. 7, lines 652, 702: it appears in later interpolations only) and before this seal in the eleventh century and the twelfth-century notitiae (Darrouzès, Notitiae, no. 10, lines 629, 632 and no. 13, line 674; cf. p. 114, 149). See Ahrweiler, Smyrne, 89-91, 94-95, 114.

Accession number BZS.1958.106.5302
Diameter 16 mm
Condition Corroded.
Previous Editions

DO Seals 3, no. 36.1. Cf. Wassiliou-Seibt, Siegel mit metrischen Legenden I, no. 1195.

Notes

Accession number BZS.1958.106.5302
Diameter 16 mm
Condition Corroded.
Previous Editions

DO Seals 3, no. 36.1. Cf. Wassiliou-Seibt, Siegel mit metrischen Legenden I, no. 1195.