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Ignatios bishop of Bathia (tenth/eleventh century)

Accession number BZS.1955.1.4646
Diameter 20 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 4, no. 33.1.


Bust of a bearded saint blessing with his right hand and holding a book in his left hand. Unintelligible traces of an inscription. Border of dots.


Inscription of four lines, a decoration above. Border of dots.


Ἠγνάτ(ιος) ἐπήσκ(οπος) Βαθίας


Ἠγνάτιος ἐπήσκοπος Βαθίας.

Ignatios, bishop of Bathia.


No mention is made of a Bathia in the Notitiae Episcopatuum. A similar place-name (Βαθὺς λιμήν) referred to the modern city of Batumi in the southeastern corner of the Black Sea (Bryer-Winfield, Pontos, 346-47), and to a monastery of the Mount Latros confederation (Janin, Grands centres, 222-23). Of the two, Batumi is more likely to have been the seat of a bishop in the tenth century. It was a rising Georgian town that could well have been held by the Byzantines round 950 (when Byzantine occupation east of the Çoroh is attested: cf. Tziliãpert, "Organisation," 287-88), and certainly after the campaigns of Basil II in the year 1000. The absence of the bishopric from the existing notitiae may be explained by the brief duration of Byzantine control.