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Theophylaktos bishop of the Tourkoi (eleventh century)

Accession number BZS.1947.2.186
Diameter 18 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 1, no. 26.1.


Bust of St. Demetrios, holding spear and shield. Inscription in two columns: |Δ|ΗΜ.|Τ|Ρ,: Ὁ ἅγιος Δημήτριος. Indeterminate border.


Inscription of five lines. Border of dots.


Κύριε βοήθει Θεοφυλάκτῳ πισκόπῳ Τούρκων


Κύριε βοήθει Θεοφυλάκτῳ ἐπισκόπῳ Τούρκων.

Lord, help Theophylaktos bishop of the Tourkoi (Hungarians).


This bishopric, established in the last quarter of the tenth century, ministered to the spiritual life of nomadic peoples (Tourkoi = Hungarians) settled in the region of the Axios/Vardar River in Macedonia. Cf. Laurent, Corpus V/1, 346; N. Oikonomides, "Vardariotes - W.l.nd.r - V.n.nd.r: Hongrois installés dans le vallée du Vardar en 934," Südost-Forschungen 32 (1973) 1-9; and H. Göckenjian, "Forschungsberichte zur Geschichte der Türkvölker im Mittelalter, I. Die Vardarioten," Jahrbücher für Geschichte Osteuropas 21 (1973) 423-41.