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John son of Meze, apo hypaton (seventh century, second half)

Accession Number:
BZS.1958.106.883

Previous Editions

Zacos-Veglery, no. 363.

Details

Diameter:
29 mm

Obverse

John son of Meze, apo hypaton (seventh century, second half)

Cruciform monogram, reading Ἰωάννου; in the quarters: ΥΙΟΥ|ΖΕ. Wreath border.

Ἰωάννου υἱοῦ Μεζὲ

Reverse

John son of Meze, apo hypaton (seventh century, second half)

Cruciform monogram, reading ἀπὸ ὑπάτων. Wreath border.

α - ν - ο - π - τ - υ - ω

ἀπὀ ὑπάτων

Translation

Ἰωάννου υἱοῦ Μεζὲ ἀπὀ ὑπάτων.

(Seal of) John son of Meze, apo hypaton.

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Commentary

A related seal has an identical obverse to this one, but on the reverse contains a monogram of the title patrikios (BZS.1958.106.1077). It is not quite clear whether this titular promotion refers to John or Mezezios, as we know that Mezezios had held both titles, patrikios when he rebelled and apo hypaton is attested on a seal (BZS.1955.1.194). The more logical reading would indicate that the title refers to John, the owner of the seal. Thus Vivien Prigent's argument regarding the second rebellion of John cannot be correct (see V. Prigent, “La Sicile de Constant II: l’apport des sources sigillographiques”); these seals must have been struck in the period before the rebellion, when John was merely stating the fact that he was the son of the very important Mezezios.

 

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