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Stephen (metropolitan) of Ankyra (seventh/eighth century)

Accession Number:
BZS.1958.106.271

Previous Editions

DO Seals 4, no. 2.2.

Laurent, Corpus V/1, no. 336.

Details

Diameter:
24 mm
Field:
19 mm

Obverse

Stephen (metropolitan) of Ankyra (seventh/eighth century)

Cruciform invocative monogram (type V). Wreath border.

Reverse

Stephen (metropolitan) of Ankyra (seventh/eighth century)

Inscription of four lines. Wreath border.

στε
φανου
ανκυρ
α.

Στεφάνου Ἀνκύρα[ς]

Translation

Θεοτόκε βοήθει. Στεφάνου Ἀνκύρας.

Theotokos, give thy aid. (Seal of) Stephanos of Ankyra.

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Commentary

It is not impossible that this specimen refers to the bishopric of Ankyra in Phrygia. But we are inclined, as was Laurent, to attribute it to the metropolis of Galatia because in the late eighth century a metropolitan of Ankyra named Stephanos is known to have been active; he signed the Acts of the Council in Trullo in 691 (Corpus V/1, 240).

 

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