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John poimen (= metropolitan) of Mytilene and protosynkellos (eleventh century)

Accession Number:
BZS 1958.106.8

Previous Editions

DO Seals 2, no. 51.8.
Laurent, Corpus V/1, no. 753.

Details

Diameter:
28 mm
Field:
23 mm

Obverse

John poimen (= metropolitan) of Mytilene and protosynkellos (eleventh century)

Bust of St. John the Baptist (here the Forerunner) holding a staff cross with arms ending in pellets. On either side the inscription: |Ι̅|Ο|ΠΡ|ΟΔ|Ρ|Ο|ΜΟ|Σ: ὁ ἅγιος Ἰωάννης ὁ Πρόδρομος.

Reverse

John poimen (= metropolitan) of Mytilene and protosynkellos (eleventh century)

Inscription of seven lines, decorations above and below. Border of dots.

 
ΟΜΝΥ
ΜΝΤΑΠΡ
ΤΟΣΥΓΚΕΛΛ,
ΣΚΕΠΟΙ,ΤΟΟ
ΔΡΟΜΟΝΦΣ
ΜΙΤΥΛΗΝΗΣ
ΠΟΙΜΕΝΑ

Ὁμωνυμοῦντα πρωτοσύγκελλον σκέποις, τὸ πρόδρομον φῶς, Μιτυλήνης ποιμένα

Translation

Ὁμωνυμοῦντα πρωτοσύγκελλον σκέποις, τὸ πρόδρομον φῶς, Μιτυλήνης ποιμένα.

May you, the light that led the way, protect the protosynkellos of the same name, shepherd of the flock of Mytilene.

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Commentary

The inscription consists of two elegant twelve-syllable verses. Laurent is undoubtedly correct that John was metropolitan of Mytilene at some point after metropolitan Constantine (attested in 1054) and before Niketas (attested in 1089, 1092). This date is supported by the epigraphy as well as by the title of protosynkellos, which appeared in the middle of the century and was abolished at the beginning of Alexios I Komnenos' reign (1081-1118).

 

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