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Theodore archbishop of Selge (?) (eleventh century)

Accession number BZS.1955.1.4682
Diameter 20 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 2, no. 77.2.


Bust of the Virgin with hands open in front of her. On either side the sigla: ΜΡ̅ΘΥ̅ : Μήτηρ Θεοῦ. Border of dots.


Inscription of five lines, bottom line effaced. Border of dots.


Θεοτόκε βοήθει Θεοδώρ ἀρχιεπισκόπ Σέλγης (?)


Θεοτόκε βοήθει Θεοδώρῳ ἀρχιεπισκόπῳ Σέλγης.

Mother of God, help Theodore archbishop of Selge.


The letters of the last line are muddled, and their reading is not secure. Also, there is a problem of space in line 3: only one letter is missing at the beginning of the line. Because we can see the remains of a chi suspended above the line, we assume that the ligature Α and Ρ lay beneath it.

Selge (today Zerk/Altınkaya) was a bishopric suffragan of Side since at least the 5th century; in the early 9th century, it was elevated to the rank of archbishopric and is attested as such in all notitiae. See Laurent, Corpus V/1, 652 (add Zacos, Seals II, no. 570); Fedalto, 244-45; Brandes, Städte, 128; Zgusta, 551-52.