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George bishop of Arkadia (tenth/eleventh century)

Accession number BZS.1958.106.5215
Diameter 20 mm
Field diameter 17 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 2, no. 37.1.
A similar specimen (from a different boulloterion) in Sig., 733 = Laurent, Corpus V/1, no. 626. Cf. SBS 2 (1990) 145, no. 6.


Bust of St. Nicholas holding book and blessing. On either side the inscription: |Ν|ΙΚ|.|Λ: ὁ ἅγιος Νικόλαος. Border of dots.


Inscription of four lines, decoration above, two pellets below. Border of dots.


Γεωργίῳπισκόπο Ἀρκαδίας


Γεωργίῳ ἐπισκόπο Ἀρκαδίας.

George bishop of Arkadia.


Arkadia has been identified with Mikri Episkopi of the eparchia Pediados in Crete. Beyond the following seal, we know of only one bishop, George, who attended the Council of 787 (Mansi, XIII, 154); the bishopric appears in the iconoclastic notitiae and again in those posterior to the reconquest of Crete by the Byzantines (Darrouzès, Notitiae, no. 2, line 211; no. 3, line 240; no. 10, line 468; no. 13, lines 470, 482).

See Laurent, Corpus V/1, 470; Fedalto, 538-39; and Tsougarakis, Crete, 231 and map on p. 384.