Blaundus

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The ruins at Baundos, Turkey

Blaundus (Ancient Greek: Βλαῦνδος) was a Greek colony founded during the Hellenistic period[1][2] in Asia Minor, presently Anatolia (Asian Turkey), and is now a Latin Catholic titular bishopric.

History[edit]

The ancient city was between the regions of Lydia and Phrygia in the Seleucid Empire. Its ruins are at Sülümenli (formerly Süleimanli), near Ulubey (formerly Göbek) in Uşak Province of modern Turkey.

Greek coins have been discovered which write the city name as Mlaundus.[3] A Greek inscription of the Roman period though write the city Blaundus.[3] Probably it is also the Blaeandrus that the Ptolemy is mentioning.[3]

Bishopric[edit]

In the Roman and Byzantine eras, the city was the seat of a bishopric, a suffragan of the Metropolitan Archdiocese of Sardes. The diocese was known by the names Blaundus, Blandus and Balandus. It was part of the Patriarchate of Constantinople.[4][5][6] In the 5th century AD, the bishopric was connected to the diocese center at Sebaste.[7]

Three bishops of Blaundus are historically attested.[8][9]

Additionally, a certain Eustathius of Alandos attended the Council of Constantinople (879-880) that rehabilitated Photius, but evidence is lacking that Alandos was the same as Balandus.

The last record of Blaundus dates from the 12th century.

The bishopric of Blaundus was nominally revived in 1953 as a titular see of the lowest (episcopal) rank, but has been vacant since January 31, 1971, after only two incumbents:

  • Michael Mongkhol On Prakhongchit (1953.05.07 – 1958.01.23)
  • Victor-Jean Perrin (1961.11.26 – 1971.01.31)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Cohen, Getzel M. (1978). The Seleucid Colonies: Studies in Founding, Administration and Organization. Franz Steiner Verlag. p. 16. ASIN B004BHBGJ2.
  2. ^ Leake, William Martin (1854). Numismata Hellenica: A Catalogue of Greek Coins. Franz Steiner Verlag. p. 87.
  3. ^ a b c Dictionary of Greek and Roman Geography (1854), Blaundus
  4. ^ Pius Bonifacius Gams, Series episcoporum Ecclesiae Catholicae, Leipzig 1931, p.447.
  5. ^ Michel Le Quien, https://books.google.com/books?id=0agp0mJFG_sC&printsec=frontcover#v=onepage&q&f=false Oriens christianus in quatuor Patriarchatus digestus, (Paris 1740), vol. I, coll
  6. ^ Raymond Janin, v. Balandus, in Dictionnaire d'Histoire et de Géographie ecclésiastiques, vol. VI, 1932, coll. 306-307
  7. ^ http://www.kulturvarliklari.gov.tr/sempozyum_pdf/muze_kurtarma/07.muze.kurtarma.pdf[bare URL PDF]
  8. ^ La sede titolare nel sito di www.catholic-hierarchy.org.
  9. ^ La sede titolare nel sito di www.gcatholic.org
  10. ^ Richard Price, Michael Gaddis, The Acts of the Council of Chalcedon, Volume 1 p90.

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Coordinates: 38°21′25″N 29°12′32″E / 38.35694°N 29.20889°E / 38.35694; 29.20889