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Dionysios monk and bishop of Stratonikeia (tenth/eleventh century)

Accession Number:
BZS.1958.106.60

Previous Editions

DO Seals 3, no. 108.2a.
Laurent, Corpus V/1, no. 373.
Cf. Zacos, Seals II, no. 806 (illustrated as no. 807).

Details

Diameter:
25 mm
Field:
20 mm
Condition:
Chipped above at channel opening and cracked on rev.

Obverse

Dionysios monk and bishop of Stratonikeia (tenth/eleventh century)

Bust of St. Philip blessing and holding a scroll. On either side the inscription: |Φ|Ι|Λ|Π|ΠΟ|Σ: ὁ ἅγιος Φίλιππος. Along the upper circumference, within a border of dots, circular inscription.

ΚΕ,ΗΘ,ΤΣΔ,

Κύριε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ

Reverse

Dionysios monk and bishop of Stratonikeia (tenth/eleventh century)

Inscription of five lines, decorations above and below. Border of dots.


ΔΙΟΝΟΙ
ΣΙΟΧ̅Ε
ΠΗΣΚΟΠ
ΣΤΡΤ,
ΝΙΚΙ

Διονοισίο μοναχ ἐπησκόπ Στρατονικίας

Translation

Κύριε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ Διονοισίο μοναχῷ ἐπησκόπῳ Στρατονικίας.

Lord, help your servant Dionysios, monk and bishop of Stratonikeia.

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Commentary

There are two bishoprics named Stratonikeia, one suffragan of Sardeis of Lydia and one suffragan of Stauropolis of Karia (cf. Darrouzès, Notitiae, no. 1, lines 167, 298; no. 13, lines 119, 313). The first, also called Κάλαμος, is identified with the ruins of Sidelik, northeast of Kirkağac, in the upper Kaïkos valley (Laurent, Corpus V/1, 267). The second is identified with Eskihisar, to the west of the Marsyas river (RE, 2. Reihe, IV A [1932] 322-25).

It is probable that the two two sets of bishops' seals from Stratonikeia in the DO collection come from the same place. Both display an image of St. Philip, a rather unusual saint, to whom the episcopal church must have been dedicated (cf. SBS 4 [1995] 22). This could be St. Philip, one of the twelve apostles, who was martyred in Hierapolis, or St. Philip the deacon and apostle, known from the Acts, who was martyred in Tralleis of Lydia (Syn. Eccl. CP, 129, 222, 781, 783). The question remains open. Another seal of a bishop of Stratonikeia, decorated with a bust of the Virgin holding the medallion, is also published (Seyrig, no. 269), but the motif is too common to allow attribution to the other Stratonikeia.

 

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