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Elias bishop of Hierissos (tenth/eleventh century)

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.520
Diameter 24 mm
Field diameter 18 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 1, no. 22.1.
Laurent, Corpus V/1, no. 471.


Patriarchal cross (X at crossing of lower bar) on two steps with fleurons rising from base (up to and beyond the upper horizontal bar). Circular inscription along border of dots.


Κύριε βοήθη το σο δούλῳ


Inscription of four lines, followed by row of pellets. Border of dots.


Ἠλίᾳ ἐπισκόπο Ἱερισοῦ


Κύριε βοήθη το σο δούλῳ Ἠλίᾳ ἐπισκόπο Ἱερισοῦ.

Lord, help your servant Elias bishop of Hierissos.


This seal is one of the earliest known bishops of Hierissos. In Papachryssanthou's view (p. 388), this seal cannot be ascribed with certainty to Hierissos, the suffragan of Thessalonica; she notes a variant in the notitiae episcopatuum (Darrouzès, Notitiae, 332), where the bishop of Ἐρεσσός (Lesbos) is referred to as ὁ Ἱερισσοῦ. In our opinion, Laurent's attribution should be maintained since there is no reason to believe that the variant in notitia 10 is anything more than an error.

Modern Hierissos, Chalkidike, located at the foot of Mount Athos. The bishopric was established between 943 and 982 (perhaps after 972). Cf. Laurent, Corpus V/1, 345 and D. Papachryssanthou, "Histoire d'un évêché byzantin: Hiérissos en Chalcidique," TM 8 (1981) 373-96.