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Methodios bishop of the city of Pergamos (ninth century)

Accession number BZS.1958.106.1728
Diameter 23 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 3, no. 28.1.

Laurent, Corpus V/3, no. 1697 (slightly different reading).


Bust of the Virgin holding the medallion of Christ. Within a border of dots, a circular inscription:


Θεοτόκε βοήθ(ει) τῷ σῷ δ(ούλῳ)


Inscription of five lines. Border of dots.


Μεθοδίῳ ἐπισκόπῳ πόλεος Περγάμου. Ἀμήν.


Θεοτόκε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ Μεθοδίῳ ἐπισκόπῳ πόλεος Περγάμου. Ἀμήν.

Mother of God, help your servant Methodios, bishop of the city of Pergamos. Αmen.


The iconography and epigraphy are reminiscent of Patriarch Photios' seal (Dated Seals, no. 53). It is on this basis that we agree with Laurent that the specimen may be attributed to Methodios of Pergamos who attended the Council of 879/880.

Pergamos (modern Bergama) appears as a suffragan bishopric of Ephesos in the notitiae during the seventh century, while its first known bishop is attested in 343. In the early thirteenth century it was elevated to the rank of archbishopric and by the mid-thirteenth to metropolis, only to return to the rank of suffragan bishopric in the late fourteenth. See Laurent, Corpus V/1, 201; Culerrier, Suffragants d'Ephèse, 158 (episcopal list); Brandes, Städte, 110-11; ODB III, 1628.