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John (man) of (the bishop or metropolitan) of Madyta (eleventh century)

Accession Number:
BZS.1958.106.301

Previous Editions

DO Seals 5 no. 101.1a.

Details

Diameter:
17 mm
Field:
12 mm

Obverse

John (man) of (the bishop or metropolitan) of Madyta (eleventh century)

Bust of the Mother of God orans with the medallion of Christ on her breast. At left and right: μ̅ρ̅ : Μ(ήτηρ) Θ(εοῦ). Border of dots.

Reverse

John (man) of (the bishop or metropolitan) of Madyta (eleventh century)

Inscription of four lines. Border of dots.


σκεποισ
ι̅μεντον
τμαδυ
τν

Σκέποις Ἰω(άννην) με{ν} τὸν τοῦ Μαδύτων

Translation

Σκέποις Ἰωάννην με τὸν τοῦ Μαδύτων.

Watch over me, John, the man of the bishop (or metropolitan) of Madyta.

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Commentary

A twelve-syllable verse.

The engraver slipped and added the letter N after ME in line two on the reverse.

The see of Madyta, located opposite Abydos on the Hellespont, was raised to the rank of metropolis under Constantine X (see DO Seals 1 no. 55).

 

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