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Stephanos monk and hegoumenos of Kamia (tenth/eleventh century)

Accession number BZS.1955.1.4784
Diameter 27 mm
Field diameter 24 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 4, no. 64.2.

Laurent, Corpus V/3, no. 1947 (incomplete reading).


Bust of St. Michael holding a scepter in his right hand and a globus in his left hand. Inscription at left and right: μ-χ : Μ(ι)χ(αήλ). Border of dots.


Inscription of five lines, preceded and followed by a decoration. Border of dots.


Κ(ύρι)ε β(οή)θ(ει) Στεφάν(ῳ) [μ(ονα)]χ(ῷ) (καὶ) ἡγουμέν(ῳ) Καμίας.


Κύριε βοήθει Στεφάνῳ μοναχῷ καὶ ἡγουμένῳ Καμίας.

Lord, help Stephanos, monk and hegoumenos of Kamia.


Kama (Κάμα), which could be identical to the Paulician fortress of Κάμεια, is attested as the seat of a strategos in the Escorial Taktikon, but its exact location remains uncertain. It is most probably to be identified with the village of Kaman lying south of Derzene in the region of Mananali. It possessed also a monastery. See Oikonomides, Listes, 267, 360; and “Organisation,” 292.