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John metropolitan of Ainos (eleventh century)

Accession Number:
BZS.1955.1.4811

Previous Editions

DO Seals 1, no. 45.3.
Laurent, Corpus V/3, no. 2023. Laurent incorrectly read the final two lines (rev.) as Ἐμισενῷ and listed the seal under the metropolitan see of Emesa.

Details

Diameter:
22 mm

Obverse

John metropolitan of Ainos (eleventh century)

Bust of the Virgin with both hands raised before her. Sigla: ΘΥ̅ : Μήτηρ Θεοῦ. Traces of circular inscription. Border of dots.

ΘΚΕΟΗΘΕΙΤ..ΔΛ

Θεοτόκε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ

Reverse

John metropolitan of Ainos (eleventh century)

Inscription of five lines, the final letter between bars. Border of dots.

.
ΜΙΤΡΟ
ΠΟΛΙΤΗ
ΤΗΣΕΝ

ωάννῃ μιτροπολίτῃ τῆς Ἔνου

Translation

Θεοτόκε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ Ἰωάννῃ μιτροπολίτῃ τῆς Ἔνου.

Theotokos, help your servant John metropolitan of Ainos.

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Commentary

The present specimen is very similar to that published by Zacos, Seals II, no. 511; it could have belonged to the same owner at a later date, because in the meantime John had obtained the title of synkellos.

 

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