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Theodosios bishop of Bareta (tenth century)

Accession number BZS.1958.106.118
Diameter 21 mm
Condition Crack along channel (obv.).
Previous Editions

DO Seals 3, no. 102.1.
Laurent, Corpus V/1, no. 285.


Cruciform invocative monogram (type VIII); in the quarters: ΤΣ.|ΔΛ. Border of dots.

Κύριε βοήθει τῷ σ δούλῳ


Inscription of four lines ending with six-rayed star. Border of dots.


Θεοδοσίῳ ἐπισκόπῳ Βαρέτων


Κύριε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ Θεοδοσίῳ ἐπισκόπῳ Βαρέτων.

Lord, help your servant Theodosios, bishop of Bareta.


There are two bishoprics with the name Bareta: a suffragan of Ephesos of Asia whose site is not yet identified; and a suffragan of Ikonion of Lykaonia, which has been hesitantly identified with the ruins of Binbir kilise, ca. 30 km to the north of Laranda (Karaman). As the latter is spelled "Bareta" only in ancient notitiae, while in later ones the prevailing form is "Barata" (see Darrouzès, Notitiae, index, s.v.), one might tend to agree with Laurent (Corpus V/1, 201) and attribute the present specimen to the see of Asia. But the placename Βαρέτα is also attested as the seat of a military regiment (bandon) in the region where the themes of Anatolikon, Boukellarion, and Kappadokia met (De Adm. Imp., chap. 50, line 94). The question remains unsettled. See Laurent, Corpus V/1, 200; Zgusta, 115-16, 118; Galatien und Lykaonien, 138-43, 143.