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Agapetos bishop of Akmoneia (tenth/eleventh century)

Accession number BZS.1955.1.4634
Diameter 20 mm
Condition Corroded.
Previous Editions

DO Seals 3, no. 4.1.

Laurent, Corpus V/3, no. 1736 (name read as Ἀγαπίῳ).


Monogram composed of letters arranged in a vertical column. Reading from top to bottom: γ|π|α|τ : Ἀγαπιτ(ῷ). On either side a six pointed star () with tongues of fire above and below. Border of dots.


Inscription of five lines. Border of dots:


Ἀγαπιτ(ῷ) ἐπισκόπῳ Ἀκμωνείας.


Ἀγαπιτῷ ἐπισκόπῳ Ἀκμωνείας.

Agapetos, bishop of Akmoneia.


Laurent dated the specimen to the seventh/eighth centuries; but an eleventh-century date is indicated by the presence of the tongues of fire, a decorative element which appears only around the year 1000. See J. Cotsonis, "The Virgin with the 'Tongues of Fire' on Byzantine Lead Seals," DOP 48 (1994) 221-27.

The see, a suffragan bishopric of Laodikeia of Phyrgia, was located at modern Ahat köy. Bishops are attested in documentary sources from the fourth to the eleventh centuries. Curiously, the bishopric does not appear in the notitiae before the eighth century. See Laurent, Corpus V/1, 393; Phyrgien und Pisidien, 175-76.