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Eustratios bishop of Ikaria (eleventh century)

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.1585
Diameter 21 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 2, no. 47.1.
Laurent, Corpus V/1, no. 519 (as bishop [=metropolitan] of Karia).


Bust of St. Michael holding scepter and globus cruciger. On either side the inscription: ΜΧ: Μιχαήλ. Border of dots.


Inscription of five lines beginning with a cross. Border of dots.


Κύριε βοήθει Εὐστρατίῳ ἐπισκόπῳ Ἰκαρίας


Κύριε βοήθει Εὐστρατίῳ ἐπισκόπῳ Ἰκαρίας.

Lord, help Eustratios bishop of Ikaria.


The upper end of the initial Ι on line 4 is barely visible, but it exists; moreover, there is space for it, by analogy with line 4 which has to be equal in length with line 2 and its six letters. For this reason, and because Eustratios is called a bishop, not a metropolitan, we attribute this seal to the bishopric of Ikaria, contrary to Laurent, who entertained this possibility but ended up attributing it to the metropolis of Karia.

The island of Ikaria appears in the notitiae as the bishopric suffragan to Rhodes in the late tenth or eleventh century (Darrouzès, Notitiae, no. 9. line 485). In the mid-twelfth century, one of its bishops, Constantine, managed to have his authority recognized by the monastery of Patmos, but this state of affairs did not last. See Patmos I, 64*-66* (with bibliography); Malamut, Iles, 239, 349.