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John archbishop of Cyprus (twelfth century: between 1152 and 1174)

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.1929
Diameter 23 mm
Condition Corroded along circumference.
Previous Editions

DO Seals 2, no. 38.13.
Laurent, Corpus V/2, no. 1486.


St. Stephanos standing, holding a small casket and a censer. Traces of an inscription: |Ο|ΜΑΡ|Τ,: ὁ ἅγιος Στέφανος ὁ πρωτομάρτυς. Border of dots.


Inscription of five lines. Border of dots.


Τοῦ ποιμενάρχου Κυπρίων Ἰωάννου


Τοῦ ποιμενάρχου Κυπρίων Ἰωάννου.

Seal of John, archbishop of the Cypriots.


A dodecasyllabic verse. The owner of the present seal has rightly been identified by Laurent with the archbishop John the Cretan, ordained in 1152 and attested until 1174: this is the only John who governed the church of Cyprus in the 12th century. Moreover, the very same verse (admittedly not very original) of our seal is found in a poem dedicated to John the Cretan. See K. Chatzepsaltes, "Συμβολαὶ εἰς τὴν ἱστορίαν τῆς ἐκκλησίας τῆς Κύπρου κατὰ τὴν Βυζαντινὴν περίοδον," Κυπριακαὶ Σπουδαί 18 (1954) pp. λˊ-λαˊ; idem, Σημειώσεις, loc. cit. (cf. § 38), 349-51.