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Michael bishop of Skyros (tenth/eleventh century)

 
 

Obverse

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

....Ε
Ο..ΕΙ
ΤΣΔ
ΟΥΛ,

Κύριε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ

Reverse

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

ΜΙΧΑ
ΗΛ,ΕΠΗΣ
ΚΟΠΣΚ
ΥΡΟΥ

Μιχαὴλ ἐπησκόπῳ Σκύρου

Obverse

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

....Ε
Ο..ΕΙ
ΤΣΔ
ΟΥΛ,

Κύριε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ

Reverse

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

ΜΙΧΑ
ΗΛ,ΕΠΗΣ
ΚΟΠΣΚ
ΥΡΟΥ

Μιχαὴλ ἐπησκόπῳ Σκύρου

Accession number BZS.1958.106.5121
Diameter 22.0 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 2, no. 56.2.
Laurent, Corpus V/3, no. 1752 (with an incorrect dating to the seventh century)

Translation

Κύριε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ Μιχαὴλ ἐπησκόπῳ Σκύρου.

Lord, help your servant Michael bishop of Skyros.

Commentary

The abbreviation sign of line 2 of the reverse is superfluous unless it indicates the reading Μιχαηλίῳ, not a substantial difference in any case.

The bishopric of Skyros, an island of the Sporades, was probably in existence in the late 9th century (Darrouzès, Notitiae, no. 7, line 502) as a suffragan of Athens. The island was governed by an archon (DO Seals 2, no. 56.1). See Laurent, Corpus V/3, 104; Malamut, Iles, 228-30, 272-73, 300, 311-12, 366, 498.