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Athanasios monk and bishop of Parnassos (eleventh century)

Accession number BZS.1947.2.131
Diameter 21 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 4, no. 45.1.

Laurent, Corpus V/1, no. 618 (listed by Laurent as Coll. Shaw, no. 1145). Laurent notes a similar specimen in the Seyrig Collection, but no such specimen is to be found in Seyrig.


Bust of the Virgin holding Christ on her left arm. No sigla visible. Border of dots.


Inscription of five lines. No visible border.


Θ(εοτόκ)ε β(οή)θ(ει) Ἀθανασίῳ (μον)αχ(ῷ) (καὶ) ἐπ(ισ)κ(ό)π(ῳ) Παρνασοῦ.


Θεοτόκε βοήθει Ἀθανασίῳ μοναχῷ καὶ ἐπισκόπῳ Παρνασοῦ.

Mother of God, help Athanasios, monk and bishop of Parnassos.


Today Degirmenyolu (formerly Parlasan), to the east of the Tuz Gölü, the bishopric of Parnassos appears in the fourth century and is listed as a suffragan of Mokissos in Cappadocia III from the seventh to the thirteenth century (Darrouzès, Notitiae, no. 1, l. 411; no. 13, l. 464). See Zgusta, 471;  Hild-Restle, Kappadokien, 252-3; Laurent, Corpus V/1, 462-3. List of bishops in Fedalto, HEO I, 38.