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Gregory bishop of Argos (eleventh century)

Accession Number:
BZS.1958.106.363

Previous Editions

DO Seals 2, no. 24.1.

Details

Diameter:
23 mm

Obverse

Gregory bishop of Argos (eleventh century)

Bust of the Virgin, indistinct. No inscription visible. Border of dots.

Reverse

Gregory bishop of Argos (eleventh century)

Inscription of five lines. Border of dots.

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Θεοτόκε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ Γρηγορί ἐπισκόπῳ Ἄργους

Translation

Θεοτόκε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ Γρηγορίῳ ἐπισκόπῳ Ἄργους.

Mother of God, help your servant Gregory bishop of Argos.

Audio

Commentary

The Synodikon mentions two bishops named Gregory, but their dates are not known (Gouillard, Synodikon, 109, lines 3, 4; cf. 272-73).

Ancient and modern Argos are near the gulf of Nauplion. The see was in existence as early as the 5th century (DHGE 4, col. 80) and is first mentioned in the notitia of Nichoas I Mystikos (10th century: Darrouzès, Notitiae, no. 7, line 490). We know from the Life of St. Peter of Argos (d. ca. 922) and from the letters of Theodore of Nicaea (Darrouzès, Epistoliers, 51-52, 55, 283-84, 314-15) that the bishoprics of Argos and its port city Nauplion came to be united by at least the 10th century (see ODB I, 163-64; II, 1443; Laurent, Corpus V/1, 426, expressed the opinion that this probably took place already by the end of the 9th century; cf. also N. Oikonomides in Πρακτικά of the 3rd Panionian Congress [Athens, 1967], 269-79). It is important to note that this union is not reflected either on the seals or in the notitiae episcopatuum, which mention Argos alone (except an episcopal list of the Tourkokratia: Darrouzès, Notitiae, no. 21, line 52). On inscriptions, Argos appears alone (1149) and with Nauplion (1173/4) (Philippidis-Braat, 309, 310). See also REB 40 (1982) 163-65; Fedalto, 488.

 

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