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John (man of the archbishop or metropolitan of) Methymna (eleventh century, last quarter)

 
 

Obverse

Bust of St. John the Baptist holding a staff with a cross at the end. Part of an inscription visible on left: |Ι̅ : Ὁ ἅ(γιος) Ἰω(άννης). Border of dots.

Reverse

Inscription of four lines, a decoration below.

σφρ.γ,
σφραγι,
ι̅οτμε
.υμσ


Σφρ[α]γ(ίδι) σφραγίζ(ει) Ἰω(άννης) ὁ τοῦ Με[θ]ύμνης

Obverse

Bust of St. John the Baptist holding a staff with a cross at the end. Part of an inscription visible on left: |Ι̅ : Ὁ ἅ(γιος) Ἰω(άννης). Border of dots.

Reverse

Inscription of four lines, a decoration below.

σφρ.γ,
σφραγι,
ι̅οτμε
.υμσ


Σφρ[α]γ(ίδι) σφραγίζ(ει) Ἰω(άννης) ὁ τοῦ Με[θ]ύμνης

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.1819
Diameter 14.0 mm; field: 10.0 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 5 no. 104.2. Cf. Wassiliou-Seibt, Siegel mit metrischen Legenden II, no. 2313.

Translation

Σφραγίδι σφραγίζει Ἰωάννης ὁ τοῦ Μεθύμνης.

John, man of the archbishop (or metropolitan) of Methymna, seals (his letters) with this seal.

Commentary

Fifteen-syllable verse.

The see of Methymna (Μήθυμνα/Μέθυμνα) was located on the island of Lesbos. It was an archbishopric until the later decades of the eleventh century, when it was raised, somewhere around 1080, to the rank of a metropolis. Cf. Laurent, Corpus 5.1: 622–23.