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Stephanos metropolitan of Nikomedeia and synkellos (tenth century)

 
 

Obverse

Cruciform invocative monogram (type VIII). In the quarters: ΤΣ|ΔΛ. Border of dots.

Κύριε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ

Reverse

Inscription of five lines. Border of dots.

+Σ..ΦΑ
ΝΜΗΤΡΟ
ΛΙΤΗΝΙΚΟΜ.
ΔΕΙΑΣΚ,ΣΥ
ΓΚΕΛΛ

Στεφάνῳ μητροπολίτῃ Νικομηδείας καὶ συγκέλλῳ

Obverse

Cruciform invocative monogram (type VIII). In the quarters: ΤΣ|ΔΛ. Border of dots.

Κύριε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ

Reverse

Inscription of five lines. Border of dots.

+Σ..ΦΑ
ΝΜΗΤΡΟ
ΛΙΤΗΝΙΚΟΜ.
ΔΕΙΑΣΚ,ΣΥ
ΓΚΕΛΛ

Στεφάνῳ μητροπολίτῃ Νικομηδείας καὶ συγκέλλῳ

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.871
Diameter 22.0 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 3, no. 83.8a.
Cf. Laurent, Corpus V/1, no. 378.

Translation

Κύριε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ Στεφάνῳ μητροπολίτῃ Νικομηδείας καὶ συγκέλλῳ.

Lord, help your servant Stephen metropolitan of Nikomedeia and synkellos.

Commentary

Laurent is undoubtedly correct that the owner of our bullae is Stephen of Nikomedeia, first attested in 975, synkellos in 976, who still occupied the throne in 997 and may have lived until 1011. He was an adversary of Symeon the New Theologian. See J. Darrouzès, in Dictionnaire de Spiritualité 4 (1961) 1514-1515.