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Constantine bishop of Bela (tenth century)

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.1811
Diameter 25 mm
Condition Struck off-center. Corroded.
Previous Editions

DO Seals 2, no. 3.1.
Laurent, Corpus V/1, no. 683.


Bust of St. John the Baptist wearing a tunic and holding a long cross. Vertical inscription: .|..|.ΠΡ|ΔΡ|Ο: ὁ ἅγιος Ἰωάννης Πρόδρομος. Border of dots.


Inscription of five lines. Border of dots.


Κύριε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ Κωνσταντίνῳ ἐπισκόπῳ Βελᾶς


Κύριε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ Κωνσταντίνῳ ἐπισκόπῳ Βελᾶς.

Lord, help your servant Constantine, bishop of Bela.


Bela (the modern village of Paliobella), some 18 miles northeast of Ionnina, became a bishopric mentioned for the first time as a dependent of Naupaktos in an early tenth century episcopal list (Darrouzès, Notitiae, no. 7, line 581) under the dual designation Φωτικῆς ἤτοι Βελλᾶς, which stood for centuries. Photike was the ancient name of a bishopric of Nikopolis, situated further to the south (close to Paramythia), attested in 451 but not appearing in the early notitiae (presumably because it was abandoned). Bela was the Slavic name of a place further to the north, where the see was transferred in the 10th century. Cf. Laurent, Corpus V/1, 516; Fedalto, 482; and Soustal, Nikopolis und Kephallenia, 123-24, 236-37.