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Peter bishop of Olenos (ninth/tenth century)

Accession number BZS.1947.2.120
Diameter 20 mm
Condition Corroded.
Previous Editions

DO Seals 2, no. 33.1.
Laurent, Corpus V/1, no. 655.


Bust of the Virgin holding the medallion of Christ before her. No sigla visible. Within a border of dots the remains of a circular inscription.


Θεοτόκε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ


Inscription of four lines. Border of dots.


Πέτρῳ ἐπισκόπῳ Ωλένου


Θεοτόκε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ Πέτρῳ ἐπισκόπῳ Ωλένου.

Theotokos, help your servant Peter bishop of Olenos.


Olenos is a placename going back to Homeric times, today Ὠλένη, to the northeast of Pyrgos in Elis. The see, a suffragan of Patras, is first mentioned in a notitia of the early 10th century (Darrouzès, Notitiae, no. 7, line 553) under the name Βολαίνης (but the old name, without the initial Β, survived as well, cf. e.g., Studi Italiani di Filologia Classica 1 [1893] 167). In the 13th century the bishop moved to Andravida, then to Kaminitsa. See Bon, Péloponnèse, 107 and n. 3; Laurent, Corpus V/1, 491-92; Bon, Morée franque, 344-46; A. Basilikopoulou-Ioannidou. "Ἡ ἐπισκοπὴ Ὠλένης/Βολαίνης κατὰ τὴν Βυζαντινὴν περίοδον," Πρακτικὰ τοῦ Α′ Συνεδρίου Ἠλειακῶν Σπουδῶν [Πελοποννησιακά, Παράρτημα 7] (Athens, 1980), 250-60; Fedalto, 516.