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N. archbishop of Apameia (eleventh century)

Accession number BZS.1958.106.26
Diameter 25 mm
Field diameter 22 mm
Condition Broken on upper half.
Previous Editions

DO Seals 3, no. 43.4.


Inscription of four lines. Border of dots.


Κ[(ύρι)ε βο]ήθει τ[ῷ] σῷ δούλῳ


Inscription of four lines followed by a decoration. Border of dots.

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[..... ἀρχ]ηεπι[σ]κόπο Ἀ[π]αμίας


Κύριε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ ..... ἀρχηεπισκόπο Ἀπαμίας.

Lord, help your servant ..., archbishop of Apameia.


The first visible letter in line two of the reverse is clearly an eta. It is not certain whether the letter represents part of a prefix (here rendered as ἀρχη-) or the termination of a rather lengthy name, and accordingly it is not possible to exclude with certainty the attribution of the present seal to the bishopric of Apameia of Pisidia.

Apameia (close to modern Moudania) is located northwest of Broussa. It was a bishopric before 381, archbishopric before the mid-seventh century, metropolis between 1066 and 1071, and mentioned for the last time in 1318 (Darrouzès, Notitiae, 123, 126; Laurent, Corpus V/1, 616). It must be distinguished from the bishopric of Apameia of Pisidia.