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Stephanos bishop of Belikeia (eleventh century)

Accession number BZS.1958.106.137
Diameter 25 mm
Field diameter 15 mm
Condition Struck off-center.
Previous Editions

DO Seals 1, no. 38.2.
Laurent, Corpus V/1, no. 714.

Obverse

Bust of the Virgin, hands raised before her. Remains of sigla: ΘΥ̅: Μήτηρ Θεοῦ. Border of dots.

Reverse

Inscription of five lines, the final letter between two bars. Border of dots.

ΘΚΕ
,ΣΤΕΦ,
ΕΠΙΣΚ,
ΕΛΙ

Κ,

Θεοτόκε βοήθει Στεφάνῳ ἐπισκόπῳ Βελικείας

Translation

Θεοτόκε βοήθει Στεφάνῳ ἐπισκόπῳ Βελικείας.

Theotokos, help Stephen, bishop of Belikeia.

Commentary

The exact location of Belikeia is unknown, and indeed it may not have been a town but a region peopled by Slavs, located along the borders between the ecclesiastical jurisdictions of Philippoi and Philippoupolis. As Laurent notes, all ecclesiastical lists, beginning with the tenth century, record a Belikeia, suffragan of Philippoi, and a Belikeia, suffragan of Philippoupolis (e.g.Darrouzès, Notitiae, 285, lines 593, 616). Laurent is undoubtedly correct that if these double mentions simply involved an error, the mistake would eventually have been corrected. Accordingly, it seems that we are dealing with a group of people that engaged in herding and moved from one region to the other, according to the season. See Laurent, Corpus V/1, no. 540-41.

Accession number BZS.1958.106.137
Diameter 25 mm
Field diameter 15 mm
Condition Struck off-center.
Previous Editions

DO Seals 1, no. 38.2.
Laurent, Corpus V/1, no. 714.

Accession number BZS.1958.106.137
Diameter 25 mm
Field diameter 15 mm
Condition Struck off-center.
Previous Editions

DO Seals 1, no. 38.2.
Laurent, Corpus V/1, no. 714.

Notes

Accession number BZS.1958.106.137
Diameter 25 mm
Field diameter 15 mm
Condition Struck off-center.
Previous Editions

DO Seals 1, no. 38.2.
Laurent, Corpus V/1, no. 714.

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