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John bishop of Mylasa (tenth/eleventh century)

Accession number BZS.1947.2.113
Diameter 19 mm
Field diameter 15 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 2, no. 71.1.
Laurent, Corpus V/1, no. 522.


A patriarchal cross (X on crossings) on three steps; fleurons arise from the base as high as the first crossbar. At the upper quarters, crosslets of dots (). Within a border of dots, circular inscription.


Κύριε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ


Inscription of four lines. Border of dots.


Ἰωάννῃ ἐπισκόπῳ Μυλάσης


Κύριε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ Ἰωάννῃ ἐπισκόπῳ Μυλάσης.

Lord, help your servant John bishop of Mylasa.


Mylasa (ἡ Μύλασα or τὰ Μύλασα [this is the antique form, Zgusta, 406]: modern Milâs) was a bishopric suffragan to Aphrodisias/Stauroupolis as early as the 5th century; its representatives attended the councils of 787, 869, and 879. It appears in all notitiae from the 7th to the 13th century. In the 12th century, it became the center of the theme "of Mylasa and Melanoudion." See Laurent, Corpus V/1, 384; Fedalto, 200; REB 29 (1971) 309-12; ODB II, 1428.