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N. strategos of the Anatolikoi (eleventh century)

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.895
Diameter 18 mm
Condition Blank far too small for die.
Previous Editions

DO Seals 3, no. 86.62.


Bust of a saint with a short and round beard, long hair falling straight back in an oriental fashion, and remnants of an elaborate garment. Traces of a vertical inscription: Φ|ΟΡ|ΟΣ; perhaps St. Elpidiphoros. Border of dots.


Inscription of four lines. Border of dots.


....πρωτοσπαθαρίῳ καὶ στρατιγῷ τῶν Ἀνατολικῶν


....πρωτοσπαθαρίῳ καὶ στρατιγῷ τῶν Ἀνατολικῶν.

N. protospatharios and strategos of the Anatolikoi.


Three possibilities fit the lettering in the saint's name: Χριστοφόρος, Ἐλπιδιφόρος, and Ὀνησίφορος. Taking into consideration his oriental appearance, we venture to identify him as St. Elpidiphoros, a Persian "senator" who converted to Christianity and was martyred under Sapor (Syn. Eccl. CP, 189, line 2).