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Peter bishop of Kadosia (tenth/eleventh century)

Accession number BZS.1958.106.25
Diameter 26 mm
Field diameter 18 mm
Condition Partially effaced on both sides.
Previous Editions

DO Seals 3, no. 82.1.
Laurent, Corpus V/1, no. 292 (misread as Arkadioupolis).


Bust of St. Peter blessing and holding book. Vertical inscription. ετρ|οσ: [ὁ ἅ(γιος) Π]έτρος. Border of dots.


Inscription of four lines. Decorations above and below. Border of dots.


Πέτρ πισκόπ Καδοσήον


Πέτρῳ ἐπισκόπῳ Καδοσήον.

Peter, bishop of Kadosia.


The saint represented on the obverse is not Peter the apostle but rather one of the bishop saints of this name, such as St. Peter of Nicaea the confessor (September 11), St. Peter of Alexandria the martyr (November 25), St. Peter of Argos the ascete (May 3), or St. Peter of Crete the martyr (July 16): Syn. Eccl. CP, 36, 256, 652, 824. Of these the first is the most likely because of the region where the owner of our seal exercised his office.

Καδοσία is a Bithynian bishopric that also went by the name of Γάλλος or Λόφοι, a suffragan to Nikomedeia. In the Quinisext Council its bishop signed as Γάλλου, Καδοσίας and Καδοσέων (Mansi XI, 618, 649, 677). Cf. Darrouzès, Notitiae, index, s.v.; Ramsay, 182, 247; Janin, Grands centres, 78-80, 129; Zgusta, 210.