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John archbishop of Thessalonica (seventh century)

Accession Number:
BZS.1958.106.72

Previous Editions

DO Seals 1, no. 18.83a.
Laurent, Corpus V/1, no. 447.

Details

Diameter:
25 mm
Field:
22 mm

Obverse

John archbishop of Thessalonica (seventh century)

Cruciform monogram consisting of Ω in center; Ν at left.; Ν at right; at bottom; and at top = Ἰωάννου. In the quarters: ΑΡΧΙΕΠ|ΙΣΚΟΠ. Wreath border.

Ἰωάννου ἀρχιεπισκόπου

Reverse

John archbishop of Thessalonica (seventh century)

Inscription of three lines preceded and followed by decoration. Wreath border.


ESS
LON
ICE

Tessalonicae

Translation

Ἰωάννου ἀρχιεπισκόπου Tessalonicae.

(Seal of) John, bishop of Thessalonica.

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Commentary

This specimen has the same alignment of letters but comes from a different boulloterion than BZS.1977.34.89.

Laurent assigned our specimen (a) to the metropolitan John [I], the author of the first collection of the Miracles of St. Demetrios, who was elevated to the throne about the beginning of the reign of Heraclius, succeeding an archbishop Eusebius (attested between 597 and 603; cf. Lemerle, St. Démétrius, 27, 28). This attribution is probably correct because of the use of Latin on the present seal. But the attribution to the second seventh-century metropolitan John who was present at the third council of Constantinople, 680-1 (ibid., 29), should not necessarily be ruled out, especially since Latin seems still to have been spoken in Thessalonica in the late seventh century; Martha Gregoriou-Ioannidou, Μιὰ παρατήρηση στὴ διήγηση τῶν θαυμάτων τοῦ ἁγίου Δημητρίου, Βυζαντιακά 3 (1983) 83-90.

 

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