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Nikephoros (bishop) of Makre (eleventh/twelfth century)

Accession Number:
BZS.1958.106.1584

Previous Editions

DO Seals 1, no. 56.1.
Laurent, Corpus V/3, no. 1769. Cf. Wassiliou-Seibt, Siegel mit metrischen Legenden , no. 29.

Details

Diameter:
22 mm
Field:
17 mm

Obverse

Nikephoros (bishop) of Makre (eleventh/twelfth century)

The Virgin seated on a high-backed throne; details obscure. Sigla: ΜΘ: Μήτηρ Θεοῦ. No visible border.

Reverse

Nikephoros (bishop) of Makre (eleventh/twelfth century)

Inscription of five lines, cross above. No visible border.

ΑΓΝ,ΣΚΕ
ΠΟΙΣΜΕ
ΤΟΝΜΑΚ.
ΗΣΝΙΚΗ
ΦΟΡΟΝ

Ἁγν σκέποις με τὸν Μάκρης Νικηφόρον

Translation

Ἁγνὴ σκέποις με τὸν Μάκρης Νικηφόρον.

Pure one, protect me, Nikephoros (bishop) of Makre.

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Commentary

This is a twelve-syllable verse. Laurent mistakenly read the beginning of line 1 of the inscription as Κόρη.

Makre of the Rhodopes is located about eight miles west of Alexandroupolis, opposite the island of Samothrace. The town was a bishopric at least as early as 879 and appears in Darrouzès, Notitiae, 285, line 597, and in subsequent lists until the thirteenth century, as a suffragan of Traïanoupolis. It became a metropolis for a short time in the fourteenth century: Laurent, Corpus V/1, 526; Asdracha, Rhodopes, 117-18, 194, 238; BNJ 23 (1979) 30-31.

A homonym was Makre of Lykia, a suffragan of Myra. Since both were simple bishoprics it is difficult to distinguish one from the other. We note, however, that our seals of Niketas and Nikephoros appear to be of the late eleventh-twelfth century and so should belong to bishops of Makre of the Rhodopes.

 

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