You are here:Home/Resources/ Byzantine Seals/ Search the Catalogue/ John (man of the archbishop or metropolitan of) Methymna (eleventh century, last quarter)

John (man of the archbishop or metropolitan of) Methymna (eleventh century, last quarter)

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.1819
Diameter 10 mm
Field diameter 14 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 5 no. 104.2.

Obverse

Bust of St. John the Baptist holding a staff with a cross at the end. Part of an inscription visible on left: |Ι̅ : Ὁ ἅ(γιος) Ἰω(άννης). Border of dots.

Reverse

Inscription of four lines, a decoration below.

σφρ.γ,
σφραγι,
ι̅οτμε
.υμσ


Σφρ[α]γ(ίδι) σφραγίζ(ει) Ἰω(άννης) ὁ τοῦ Με[θ]ύμνης

Translation

Σφραγίδι σφραγίζει Ἰωάννης ὁ τοῦ Μεθύμνης.

John, man of the archbishop (or metropolitan) of Methymna, seals (his letters) with this seal.

Commentary

Fifteen-syllable verse.

The see of Methymna (Μήθυμνα/Μέθυμνα) was located on the island of Lesbos. It was an archbishopric until the later decades of the eleventh century, when it was raised, somewhere around 1080, to the rank of a metropolis. Cf. Laurent, Corpus 5.1: 622–23.

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.1819
Diameter 10 mm
Field diameter 14 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 5 no. 104.2.

Notes

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.1819
Diameter 10 mm
Field diameter 14 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 5 no. 104.2.

Parallels

Related Content