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Gregory bishop of Chairetopa (eleventh/twelfth century)

Accession Number:
BZS.1958.106.272

Previous Editions

DO Seals 3, no. 11.1b.

Laurent, Corpus V/1, no. 533.

Details

Diameter:
20 mm
Field:
15 mm
Condition:
Corroded on reverse.

Obverse

Gregory bishop of Chairetopa (eleventh/twelfth century)

Bust of the Virgin orans, the medallion of Christ before her. On either side the sigla: μ̅-θ̅ : Μ(ήτηρ) Θ(εοῦ). Within concentric circles of dots, a circular inscription beginning at the top:

+τηνπασανελπιδαμεισσεαν,τ,θημ,

Τὴν πᾶσαν ἐλπίδα μ(ου) εἰς σὲ ἀν(α)τ(ί)θημ(ι)

Reverse

Gregory bishop of Chairetopa (eleventh/twelfth century)

Inscription of five lines. Border of dots.

+θ̅κ̅εR,θ,
γρηρορι
εσκοπ
χαιρετο
·πν·

Θ(εοτό)κε β(οή)θ(ει) Γρηγορίῳ ἐπησκόπῳ Χαιρετόπων

Translation

Τὴν πᾶσαν ἐλπίδα μου εἰς σὲ ἀνατίθημι. Θεοτόκε βοήθει Γρηγορίῳ ἐπησκόπῳ Χαιρετόπων. 
 

All my hope I place in you. Mother of God, help Gregory, bishop of Chairetopa.

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Commentary

This seal and BZS.1958.106.267 are from the same boulloterion.

Laurent omitted μ(ου) in the inscription on the obverse.

Chairetora (ancient Κερετάπα) has been tentatively indentified by L. Robert either to Diokaisareia (modern Kayser/Yesilova), or to Kayadibi, in the vicinity of Colossai and Chonae, in south-eastern Phrygia. A bishop is first attested in 359; the bishopric first appears as a suffragan of Laodikeia, in the controversial iconoclastic notitia and then in all notitiae from the tenth-century onward (Darrouzès, Notitiae, no. 3, line 415; no. 7, 392). See Laurent, Corpus V/1, 393; Robert, Villes, 107-21, 337-38; Zgusta, 250.

 

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