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Gregory bishop of Attaleia (eleventh century)

Accession number BZS.1947.2.49
Diameter 17 mm
Condition Corroded.
Previous Editions

DO Seals 3, no. 101.1.

Obverse

Indistinct bust of the Virgin holding the medallion of Christ before her. Remains of sigla: Θ̅Υ̅: Μήτηρ Θεοῦ. Along the circumference illegible traces of a circular inscription. No border visible.

Θεοτόκε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ

Reverse

Inscription of five line lines. No border visible.

+ΓΡΗ
ΓΟΡΙΟΕ
ΠΙΣΚΟΠ
ΑΤΑΛΙ
ΑΣ+

Γρηγορίο ἐπισκόπῳ Ἀταλίας

Translation

Θεοτόκε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ Γρηγορίο ἐπισκόπῳ Ἀταλίας.

Mother of God, help your servant Gregory, bishop of Attaleia.

Commentary

Two bishoprics named Attaleia are mentioned in the notitiae episcopatuum: Attaleia of Pamphylia (modern Antalia), suffragan of Perge/Syllaion, which became a metropolis in 1084; and Attaleia of Lydia (the identification with modern Adala, proposed in DHGE 5 [1931] 148, seems doubtful),  a suffragan of Sardeis, which remained a bishopric until the end of the Byzantine empire. Cf. Darrouzès, Notitiae, passim, especially no. 10, lines 118, 410; no. 13, lines 116, 790, 807. Cf. DOSeals 2.64; Laurent, Corpus V/1, 683.

The present specimen predates the promotion of the Pamphylian Attaleia to the rank of metropolis. It is therefore impossible to attribute it with certainty to one of the two sees.

Accession number BZS.1947.2.49
Diameter 17 mm
Condition Corroded.
Previous Editions

DO Seals 3, no. 101.1.

Notes

Accession number BZS.1947.2.49
Diameter 17 mm
Condition Corroded.
Previous Editions

DO Seals 3, no. 101.1.

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