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Gregory (bishop) of Anaia (seventh/eighth century)

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.1345
Diameter 29 mm
Field diameter 25 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 3, no. 6.1.

Laurent, Corpus V/1, no. 290; Zacos-Veglery, no. 2878.


Inscription of three lines, a cross above and a cross between tendrils below. Wreath border.


Χ(ριστ)ὲ ὁ Θ(εὸ)ς σκέπε κ(αὶ) σῶζε


Inscription of three lines, crosses between tendrils above and below. Wreath border.


Γρηγόριον τὸν Ἀνέων


Χριστὲ ὁ Θεὸς σκέπε καὶ σῶζε Γρηγόριον τὸν Ἀνέων.

Christ, the Lord, watch over and save Gregory (bishop) of Anaia.


This has the echoes of a metrical seal; if one omits the initial invocation Χριστὲ ὁ Θεός, the rest forms a correct twelve-syllable verse.

Anaia (ἡ Ἀναία or τὰ Ἄναια: modern Ania or Kadi kalesi to the south of Ayasoluk) was the site of bishopric as early as the fourth century, as its bishops are attested at least until the thirteenth. It is mentioned as a suffragan of Ephesos in all the notitiae. See Laurent, Corpus V/1, 204 (add Zacos, Seals II, nos. 902 and 1057); Culerrier, Suffragants d'Ephèse, 153 (episcopal list); Zgusta, 72.