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John metropolitan of Sardeis (eleventh century)

Accession Number:
BZS.1958.106.274

Previous Editions

DO Seals 3, no. 32.6.

Laurent (Corpus V/1, no. 367) published a similar seal from the Athens Museum (Konstantopoulos, no. 132) but illustrated the present specimen.

Details

Diameter:
27 mm
Condition:
Cracked and corroded.

Obverse

John metropolitan of Sardeis (eleventh century)

Bust of the Virgin holding the medallion of Christ before her. On one side the inscription visible: : Μ(ήτη)ρ [Θ(εο)ῦ]. Border of dots.

Reverse

John metropolitan of Sardeis (eleventh century)

Inscription of four lines, a decoration above. Border of dots.

– +
.κεR,θ,
.σ
ι̅...ο̅π̅οτ,
.αρε

[Θ(εοτό)]κε β(οή)θ(ει) [τ]ῷ σῷ δού(λῳ) Ἰ[ω(άνν) μ(ητ)ρ]οπο(λί)τ(ῃ) [Σ]άρδε(ων)

Translation

Θεοτόκε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ Ἰωάννῃ μητροπολίτῃ Σάρδεων.

Mother of God, help your servant John, metropolitan of Sardeis.

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Commentary

A John of Sardeis is attested in 1071 and 1082 (Grumel, Regestes, nos. 900, 926, 927).

Sardeis (modern Sart), was capital of Lydia and seat of a metropolitan, attested since 325. The non-hellenic name appears on seals as well as in the notitiae in two main forms, the classical Σάρδεις, -εων, and the popular Σάρδη, ἦς, or non-declined Σάρδης (whenever in doubt, we have restored the classical form). From the seals we learn that it was also a fiscal center. See Laurent, Corpus V/1, 260-61 (add Zacos, Seals II, nos. 670, 869); Zgusta, 541-42; C. Foss, Byzantine and Turkish Sardis (Cambridge, Mass., 1976); Brandes, Städte, 86-88; ODB III, 1843.

 

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