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Gregory bishop of Attaleia (eleventh century)

Accession number BZS.1947.2.49
Diameter 17 mm
Condition Corroded.
Previous Editions

DO Seals 3, no. 101.1.


Indistinct bust of the Virgin holding the medallion of Christ before her. Remains of sigla: Θ̅Υ̅: Μήτηρ Θεοῦ. Along the circumference illegible traces of a circular inscription. No border visible.

Θεοτόκε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ


Inscription of five line lines. No border visible.


Γρηγορίο ἐπισκόπῳ Ἀταλίας


Θεοτόκε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ Γρηγορίο ἐπισκόπῳ Ἀταλίας.

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


Two bishoprics named Attaleia are mentioned in the notitiae episcopatuum: Attaleia of Pamphylia (modern Antalia), suffragan of Perge/Syllaion, which became a metropolis in 1084; and Attaleia of Lydia (the identification with modern Adala, proposed in DHGE 5 [1931] 148, seems doubtful),  a suffragan of Sardeis, which remained a bishopric until the end of the Byzantine empire. Cf. Darrouzès, Notitiae, passim, especially no. 10, lines 118, 410; no. 13, lines 116, 790, 807. Cf. DOSeals 2.64; Laurent, Corpus V/1, 683.

The present specimen predates the promotion of the Pamphylian Attaleia to the rank of metropolis. It is therefore impossible to attribute it with certainty to one of the two sees.