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Neophytos archbishop of Derkoi (ninth/tenth century)

Accession number BZS.1955.1.4709
Diameter 25 mm
Field diameter 19 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 1, no. 75.1.
Laurent, Corpus V/3, no. 1817.


Bust of the Virgin holding Christ befoer her. On either side a cross. Circular inscription along border of dots.


Θεοτόκε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ


Inscription of four lines preceded and followed by decoration. Border of dots.


Νεοφύτῳ ἀρχιεπισκόπ Δέρκων


Θεοτόκε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ Νεοφύτῳ ἀρχιεπισκόπῳ Δέρκων.

Theotokos, help your servant Neophytos archbishop of Derkoi.


Although the first part of the see's name is lightly imprinted, it is clear that the initial letter is either Δ, Λ, or Α and that the second letter is Ε, Ο, or Θ. Laurent notes that two archbishops of Derkos were present at the Photian synod of 879/80, a Makarios and a Neophytos, and reasonably attributes this seal to the latter, who was a partisan of Photios. Cf. Asdracha, Thrace orientale, 287.

This archiepiscopal see was located near Constantinople in eastern Thrace at the site of modern Terkos. The date of the episcopate's establishment is unknown, but it is clear that it was functioning in the eighth century: an archbishop of Derkos is attested at the council of 787. Cf. Laurent , Corpus V/3, 459 and Asdracha, Thrace orientale, 241-42, 287-88.