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John metropolitan (of Chalcedon) (seventh century)

Accession Number:
BZS.1955.1.4791

Previous Editions

DO Seals 3, no. 77.2.
Laurent, Corpus V/3, no. 1716.
Zacos-Veglery, no. 1244.

Details

Diameter:
29 mm
Condition:
Corroded; cracked at channel openings.

Obverse

John metropolitan (of Chalcedon) (seventh century)

St. Euphemia standing, holding a martyr's cross. Inscription: Η|ΑΓ|ΙΑΕ|Υ|ΦΗ|Μ : ἡ ἁγία Εὐφημία. Wreath border.

Reverse

John metropolitan (of Chalcedon) (seventh century)

Inscription of four lines. Wreath border.

ΙΑ
ΝΝΟΥΜ
ΗΤΡΟΠΟ
ΛΙΤΟΥ

Ἰωάννου μητροπολίτου

Translation

Ἰωάννου μητροπολίτου.

(Seal of) the metropolitan John.

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Commentary

Although the inscription makes no mention of Chalcedon, the representation of St. Euphemia on the obverse and the owner's rank of metropolitan guarantee that he governed the church of Chalcedon. As Laurent notes, he may be the John who attended the councils of 681 and 692.

 

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