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Theodore bishop of Methone (tenth/eleventh century)

Accession Number:
BZS.1955.1.4679

Previous Editions

DO Seals 2, no. 30.2a.
Cf. Laurent, Corpus V/1, no. 1747. Parallel specimens in Athens (Konstantopoulos, nos. 92, 93) and British Museum (Sig., 186), cf. Birch, no. 17814, where the seal is erroneously assigned to a komes of Methone; on the other hand, Schlumberger mentions two more specimens in his own collection, bur their fate is not known); one in the IFEB Collection (Paris); and two in the Vienna Collection.

Details

Diameter:
22 mm

Obverse

Theodore bishop of Methone (tenth/eleventh century)

Bust of St. John the Theologian blessing and holding book. Inscription in two columns: |ΙΩ|ΟΘ|ΕΟ|Λ,: Ὁ ἅγιος Ἰωάννης ὁ Θεολόγος. Border of dots.

Reverse

Theodore bishop of Methone (tenth/eleventh century)

Inscription of four lines, preceded and followed by decoration. Border of dots.


ΚΕ,Θ,
ΘΕΟΔΡ,
.Π,ΚΟΠ
ΜΕΘ,

Κύριε βοήθει Θεοδώρ πισκόπῳ Μεθώνης

Translation

Κύριε βοήθει Θεοδώρῳ ἐπισκόπῳ Μεθώνης.

Lord, help Theodore bishop of Methone.

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Commentary

Today Methone, in the southwestern tip of the Peloponnesos. The ancient city is still attested in the 6th century; the bishopric may have already existed in the 4th century, but it (re?)appears in the early 9th as a suffragan of the newly created metropolis of Patras. It is mentioned in the controversial iconoclastic notitia (as a suffragan of Corinth) and then in all notitiae, starting with that of Leo VI, under Patras (Darrouzès, Notitiae, no. 3, line 762; no. 7, line 551). See Laurent, Corpus V/1, 482; Fedalto, 510; ODB II, 1356. The cathedral of Methone being dedicated to St. John the Theologian (NE 7 [1910] 156-57), this saint appears on most seals of its bishops.

 

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