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John archbishop of Thessalonica (ninth/tenth century)

Accession Number:
BZS.1958.106.372

Previous Editions

DO Seals 1, no. 18.84.
The reading is based off a similar specimen (possibly from the same boulloterion) published in Sig., 106, and again by Laurent, Corpus V/1, no. 452.

Details

Diameter:
23 mm
Field:
20 mm
Condition:
Blank too small for die.

Obverse

John archbishop of Thessalonica (ninth/tenth century)

The Virgin standing, holding Christ. At left: Μ̅|Θ̅: Μήτηρ Θεοῦ. At right, St. Demetrios standing frontally and vertical inscription: Δ|Ι|Μ: ἅγιος Διμήτριος. Along a border of dots, the first part of a circular inscription.

ΘΚΕΟΗΘ,

Θεοτόκε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ

Reverse

John archbishop of Thessalonica (ninth/tenth century)

Inscription of five lines. Border of dots.

ΙΑΝ
ΝΗΑΡΧΙΕ
..ΣΚΟΠ
..ΣΣΑΛΟ
ΝΙΚΗΣ

Ἰωάννῃ ἀρχιεπισκόπῳ Θεσσαλονίκης

Translation

Θεοτόκε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ Ἰωάννῃ ἀρχιεπισκόπῳ Θεσσαλονίκης.

Theotokos, help your servant John archbishop of Thessalonica.

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Commentary

Two Johns occupied the throne of Thessalonica around the turn of the tenth century (Gouillard, Synodikon, 114). One John is attested in 892, another (or the same?) in 904 (Spieser, Inscriptions de Thessalonique, 162-63).

 

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