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Michael bishop of Glavinitza (tenth/eleventh century)

Accession number BZS.1955.1.4660
Diameter 18 mm
Field diameter 14 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 1, no. 17.1.


Bust of the Virgin orans with medallion of Christ on her breast. Sigla: ̅..: Μήτηρ Θεο. Border of dots.


Inscription of five lines, the final two letters between bars. Border of dots.


Κύριε βοήθει Μιχαὴλ ἐπισκόπο τῆς Γλαβινίτζης


Κύριε βοήθει Μιχαὴλ ἐπισκόπο τῆς Γλαβινίτζης.

Lord, help Michael bishop of Glavinitza.


At the beginning of line 4 (rev.), the engraver joined in ligature Τ and Γ (with the result that the grouping looks like ΠΤ).

Glavinitza, situated between Durazzo and Valona (cf. Zakythinos, Mélétai 21 [1951] 200-201), is mentioned as a suffragan bishopric of Ohrid in Basil II's sigillion of 1020, but later was attached to Dyrrachion, as indicated by the notitiae episcopatuum (Darrouzès, Notitiae, 330, line 616). Apart from the Michael of Glavinitza attested here, the name of no other occupant of the episcopal throne is known before the fifteenth century. However the see was properly organized, and one of its officials, a μέγας σακελλάριος, copied cod. Panteleïmon 13 [5519] in the year 1288/9 (Fl. Evangelatou-Notara, Συλλογὴ χρονολογημένων σημειωμάτων Ἑλληνικῶν κωδίκων [Athens, 1984] 138).