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Nikephoros archbishop of Rhizaion (tenth century)

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.1579
Diameter 22 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 4, no. 37.1.

Laurent, Corpus V/1, no. 858.


Patriarchal cross on three steps, with fleurons rising to the lower crossbar. Circular inscription, beginning at seven o'clock. Border of dots.


[Κ(ύρι)ε βο]ήθι τ[ῷ σῷ δούλῳ]


Inscription of five lines. Border of dots.


Νικ[η]φόρῳ [ἀ]ρχιεπ[ισ]κόπο [Ῥ]ιζέ[ου]


Κύριε βοήθι τῷ σῷ δούλῳ Νικηφόρῳ ἀρχιεπισκόπο Ῥιζέου.

Lord, help your servant Nikephoros, archbishop of Rhizaion.


Now Rize, on the Black Sea coast east of Trebizond, Rhizaion has a complicated history. Initially it was a suffragan bishopric of Neokaisareia; it became an independent archbishopric in the early eighth century, but reverted to its former status as a suffragan of Neokaisareia shortly before 980. Later it was again elevated to the rank of archbishopric before becoming a metropolis. See Laurent, Corpus V/1, 363-64, 667; Bryer-Winfield, Pontos, 331-34. List of prelates in Fedalto, HEO I, 404.