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Neophytos archbishop of Derkoi (ninth/tenth century)

Accession Number:
BZS.1955.1.4709

Previous Editions

DO Seals 1, no. 75.1.
Laurent, Corpus V/3, no. 1817.

Details

Diameter:
25 mm
Field:
19 mm

Obverse

Neophytos archbishop of Derkoi (ninth/tenth century)

Bust of the Virgin holding Christ befoer her. On either side a cross. Circular inscription along border of dots.

θκεοηθειτσδουλ

Θεοτόκε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ

Reverse

Neophytos archbishop of Derkoi (ninth/tenth century)

Inscription of four lines preceded and followed by decoration. Border of dots.


νεοφ
υταρχι
επισκοπ/
.ε.κν

Νεοφύτῳ ἀρχιεπισκόπ Δέρκων

Translation

Θεοτόκε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ Νεοφύτῳ ἀρχιεπισκόπῳ Δέρκων.

Theotokos, help your servant Neophytos archbishop of Derkoi.

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Commentary

Although the first part of the see's name is lightly imprinted, it is clear that the initial letter is either Δ, Λ, or Α and that the second letter is Ε, Ο, or Θ. Laurent notes that two archbishops of Derkos were present at the Photian synod of 879/80, a Makarios and a Neophytos, and reasonably attributes this seal to the latter, who was a partisan of Photios. Cf. Asdracha, Thrace orientale, 287.

This archiepiscopal see was located near Constantinople in eastern Thrace at the site of modern Terkos. The date of the episcopate's establishment is unknown, but it is clear that it was functioning in the eighth century: an archbishop of Derkos is attested at the council of 787. Cf. Laurent , Corpus V/3, 459 and Asdracha, Thrace orientale, 241-42, 287-88.

 

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