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John metropolitan of Melitene (tenth/eleventh century)

Accession Number:
BZS.1958.106.336

Previous Editions

DO Seals 4, no. 68.8b.

Another specimen is published in Seyrig, no. 258.

Details

Diameter:
24 mm

Obverse

John metropolitan of Melitene (tenth/eleventh century)

Bust of St. John Chrysostom blessing with his right hand and holding a book in his left hand. Inscription in two columns: |ιω|ο-|σο|τ : Ὁ ἅ(γιος) Ἰω(άννης) ὁ Χρ(υ)σό(σ)τ(ομος). Border of dots.

Reverse

John metropolitan of Melitene (tenth/eleventh century)

Inscription of five lines. Border of dots.

+.ε
λεθ̅υ
μ̅ρπολι
τμελιτ

νησ

[Ἰ]ω(άννης) ἐλέῳ Θ(εο)ῦ μ(ητ)ροπολίτ(ης) Μελιτ(η)νῆς

Translation

Ἰωάννης ἐλέῳ Θεοῦ μητροπολίτης Μελιτηνῆς.

John, metropolitan of Melitene, by the grace of God.

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Commentary

This seal and BZS.1958.106.291 come from the same boulloterion.

John of Melitene was in office from 1027 to 1039 at least and distinguished himself as persecutor of the Jacobites; for these activities he may have been raised to the higher dignity of synkellos, attested by BZS.1958.106.7, which is also by far more luxurious in presentation. See the notes of Laurent, Corpus V/1, 315-316; and of P. Gautier, “Monodies inédites de Michel Psellos,” REB 36 (1978) 84-86.

 

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