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John bishop of Taeion (eleventh century)

Accession Number:
BZS.1958.106.136

Previous Editions

DO Seals 3, no. 70.1.
Laurent, Corpus, V/1, no. 398.

Details

Diameter:
22 mm
Field:
19 mm
Condition:
Cracked above at channel opening (obv.) and corroded.

Obverse

John bishop of Taeion (eleventh century)

Bust of St. John the Baptist blessing and holding a rotulus. On either side, the inscription: .|Ι̅.|Π|Ρ, : [ὁ ἅ(γιος)] Ἰω(άννης) [ὁ] Πρ(όδρομος). Along a border of dots, circular invocation of which only the last letter (Λ) remains.

Reverse

John bishop of Taeion (eleventh century)

Inscription of four lines. Border of dots.

+Ι̅
.ΠΙΣΚΟ

ΠΟΤΑΗ
ΟΥ

[Κύριε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δού]λ(ῳ) Ἰω(άννῃ) [ἐ]πισκόπο Ταήου

Translation

Κύριε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ Ἰωάννῃ ἐπισκόπο Ταήου.

Lord, help your servant John bishop of Taeion.

Audio

Commentary

The location of Taeion is not known for certain. Laurent believed that it should be sought in the neighborhood of modern Geyve. It was a suffragan of Nicaea, and after a period of crisis, was restored in the early ninth century. It appears in the ninth-century correspondence of Ignatios of Nicaea and in the notitiae from the ninth to the twelfth century. See Laurent, Corpus V/1, 288; Zgusta, 604-5.

 

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