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John (metropolitan) of Thebes (twelfth century)

Accession Number:
BZS.1958.106.470

Previous Editions

DO Seals 2, no. 21.1a.
Laurent, Corpus V/3, no. 1786.

Details

Diameter:
25 mm

Obverse

John (metropolitan) of Thebes (twelfth century)

The Virgin standing and holding Christ. On either side the inscription: ΜΡ̅ΘΥ̅: Μήτηρ Θεοῦ. Border of dots.

Reverse

John (metropolitan) of Thebes (twelfth century)

Inscription of four lines preceded by an ornament. Border of dots.

ΆΝ
.ΕΤῸΝΘΗ
.͂ΝΚΌΡΗ
.Κ ΠΟΙΣ

ωάννην με τὸν Θηβῶν, Κόρη, σκέποις

Translation

ωάννην με τὸν Θηβῶν, Κόρη σκέποις.

Virgin, may you protect me, John (metropolitan) of Thebes.

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Commentary

From a different boulloterion but parallel to BZS.1958.106.471.

Dodecasyllabic verse. Inscription has accents. Laurent attributed this specimen to the John of Thebes who occupied the throne before 1166 and even perhaps after 1182 (cf. Corpus V/1, 594). He also re-edited another seal with the same name and titles which he attributed to this same prelate (Laurent, Corpus V/1, no. 775).

Thebes of Boeotia was an important administrative center, residence of the strategos of Hellas (early 10th century), and of an archon (Konstantopoulos, no. 63; Laurent, Orghidan, no. 236). Thebes became an autocephalous archbishopric (toward the end of the 8th century: Darrouzès, Notitiae, no. 2, line 79; cf. Seyrig, no. 270) and was raised to a metropolis between 968 and 997. See Laurent, Corpus V/1, 591; Koder-Hild, Hellas, 269-71; Fedalto, 523-25; ODB III, 2032; and J. Darrouzès in REB 47 (1989) 226-31.

 

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