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John Mitylenaios, imperial protospatharios and judge of the Optimatoi (tenth/eleventh century)

Accession number BZS.1947.2.1202
Diameter 30 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 3, no. 71.24.

Obverse

A lioness or panther. Circle of pellets within double border of dots.

Reverse

Inscription of six lines. Border of dots.

+Ι..
.ΠΘˋΡ,.
ΚΡΙΤ,ΤΝ
ΟΠΤΙΜ
Τ,ΤΜΙ
ΤΥΛΗΝ

Ἰωάννῃ βασιλικῷ πρωτοσπαθαρίῳ (καὶ) κριτ τῶν Ὀπτιμάτων τῷ Μιτυληναίῳ

Translation

Ἰωάννῃ βασιλικῷ πρωτοσπαθαρίῳ καὶ κριτῇ τῶν Ὀπτιμάτων τῷ Μιτυληναίῳ.

John Mitylenaios, imperial protospatharios and judge of the Optimatoi.

Commentary

In the DO Collection we have two more seals of a John Mitylenaios. One bears the titles of protospatharios and judge of Paphlagonia (but this is a seal with bilateral inscription). Leo of Synada, who was active shortly before and after the year 1000, addressed one of his letters to a judge Mitylenaios (no first name mentioned): Darrouzès, Épistoliers, 181. The poet Christophoros Mitylenaios had a brother named John, who died sometime in the early eleventh century (Kurtz, Mitylenaios, 26-29).

Other judges of the Optimatoi known from their seals: Sig., 245; Zacos, Seals II, nos. 558, 692.

Accession number BZS.1947.2.1202
Diameter 30 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 3, no. 71.24.

Notes

Accession number BZS.1947.2.1202
Diameter 30 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 3, no. 71.24.

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