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Epiphanios monk, bishop of Paphos (eleventh century)

Accession number BZS.1977.34.61
Diameter 19 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 2, no. 39.3.

Obverse

Bust of St. Epiphanios; details indistinct. Part of an inscription visible: |ΕΠ|Η: ὁ ἅγιος Ἐπηφάνιος. Border of dots.

Reverse

Inscription of four lines, a decoration above. Border of dots.


ΕΠΙΦ.
.ΑΧΕ
..ΚΟΠ,
.ΦΟΥ

Ἐπιφανίου μοναχοῦ, ἐπισκόπου Πάφου

Translation

Ἐπιφανίου μοναχοῦ, ἐπισκόπου Πάφου.

(Seal of) the monk Epiphanios, bishop of Paphos.

Commentary

Paphos (modern Nea Paphos), an ancient city and bishopric (attested in 325). The region may have  been occupied by the Arabs from the 7th century to 965. Our seals show that the city did not wait for the 12th century to flourish in a Byzantine milieu but instead quickly became a place of concentration of agricultural produce and the seat of bishop. See Darrouzès, Notitiae, no. 3, line 165; no. 10, line 764; Laurent, Corpus V/2, 314-15; J. Darrouzès, "Textes synodaux chypriotes, REB 37 (1979) 23-30; Malamut, Iles, passim, esp. 253-55.

Accession number BZS.1977.34.61
Diameter 19 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 2, no. 39.3.

Notes

Accession number BZS.1977.34.61
Diameter 19 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 2, no. 39.3.

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