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John bishop of Kaloe (eleventh century)

Accession Number:
BZS.1958.106.305

Previous Editions

DO Seals 3, no. 19.1.

Laurent, Corpus V/1, no. 280.

Details

Diameter:
25 mm
Condition:
Broken in two.

Obverse

John bishop of Kaloe (eleventh century)

Bust of the Virgin holding Christ in her left arm, who in turn holds a scroll in his left hand. On either side the inscription: ̅-θ̅υ : Μ(ήτη)ρ Θ(εο)ῦ. Border of dots.

Reverse

John bishop of Kaloe (eleventh century)

Inscription of five lines, top line missing. Border of dots.

......
.ωσωδ,λ,
ι̅ω̅επισκ,
ποκαλο
–ησ–

[Θ(εοτό)κε β(οή)θ(ει) τ]ῷ σῷ δ(ού)λ(ῳ) Ἰω(άννῃ) ἐπισκ(ό)πο Καλόης

Translation

Θεοτόκε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ Ἰωάννῃ ἐπισκόπο Καλόης.

Mother of God, help your servant John, bishop of Kaloe.

Audio

Commentary

Kaloe (or Koloe), in the upper Cayster valley, has been identified with modern Keles: a suffragan bishopric of Ephesos, mentioned in all notitiae from the seventh to the thirteenth centuries. Its first bishop is attested in 431. See Laurent, Corpus V/1, 196; Culerrier, Suffragants d'Ephèse, 156 (episcopal list). Its one claim to fame is as the birthplace of the tenth-century historian Leo the Deacon.

 

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