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The archbishop of Parion (eleventh/twelfth century)

Accession number BZS.1958.106.4232
Diameter 21 mm
Condition Corroded
Previous Editions

DO Seals 3, no. 64.3.
Laurent, Corpus, V/3, no. 1813.


Bust of the Virgin holding Christ. No traces of epigraphy. Border of dots.


Inscription of four lines. Border of dots.


Τὸν Παρ[ί]ου πρόεδρο[ν], Ἁγνή, με σκέ[π]οις


Τὸν Παρίου πρόεδρον, Ἁγνή, με σκέποις.

Holy One, may you protect me, the archbishop of Parion.


Although the last visible letter of line 1 seems to be a Ρ, it could also be a muddled Ν, in which case the seal would have belonged to the bishopric of Panion in Thrace. In either case, the inscription forms a twelve syllable verse. See DOSeals 1.57.

Parion (modern Kemer on the Hellespont) was initially a suffragan bishopric of Kyzikos (represented at the Council of Nicaea in 325); by 640 it was an archbishopric and appeasr as such in all notitiae until the thirteenth century. Before 1261 it was united to the metropolis of Pegai. See Laurent, Corpus V/1, 641.