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John bishop of Dadybra (tenth/eleventh century)

 
 

Obverse

Bust of St. Stephen holding a small cross in his right hand. Inscription in two columns: |στ|ε-φ|α. : Ὁ ἅ(γιος) Στέφα[ν(ος)]. Border of dots.

Reverse

Inscription of five lines. Border of dots.

κ̅εRθ
.̅επισ
.οπδα
δυRρ
ν

Κ(ύρι)ε β(οή)θ(ει) [Ἰ]ω(άννῃ) ἐπισ[κ]όπῳ Δαδύβρων

Obverse

Bust of St. Stephen holding a small cross in his right hand. Inscription in two columns: |στ|ε-φ|α. : Ὁ ἅ(γιος) Στέφα[ν(ος)]. Border of dots.

Reverse

Inscription of five lines. Border of dots.

κ̅εRθ
.̅επισ
.οπδα
δυRρ
ν

Κ(ύρι)ε β(οή)θ(ει) [Ἰ]ω(άννῃ) ἐπισ[κ]όπῳ Δαδύβρων

Accession number BZS.1947.2.78
Diameter 17.0 mm; field: 10.0 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 4, no. 15.1

Laurent, Corpus V/1, no. 443 (listed by Laurent as Coll. Shaw, no. 1126).

Translation

Κύριε βοήθει Ἰωάννῃ ἐπισκόπῳ Δαδύβρων.

Lord, help John, bishop of Dadybra.

Commentary

The location of this see is unknown. It is tentatively identified with Devrek in the valley of the river Ladon (Devrek Çayi) at 61 km to the north north-east of Bolu. It is listed as a suffragan of Gangra in all notitiae episcopatuum, starting with pseudo-Epiphanios (Darrouzès, Notitiae, no. 1, l. 230) up to the thirteenth century. It has been suggested that the episcopal church may have been dedicated to St Stephen (J.-Cl. Cheynet-C. Morrisson, in SBS 4 [1995] 24). See Paphlagonien, 186-187; Laurent, Corpus V/1, 322. List of bishops in Fedalto, HEO I, 87-88.