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John (metropolitan) of Patras (twelfth century)

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.779
Diameter 38 mm
Field diameter 29 mm
Condition Breaks at channel openings.
Previous Editions

DO Seals 2, no. 34.3; Laurent, Corpus V/1, no. 636. Cf. Wassiliou-Seibt, Siegel mit metrischen Legenden I, no. 327.


St. Andrew standing, offering a blessing and holding a patriarchal cross. Inscription: |Α|ΝΔ|ΡΕ|Α|Σ: ὁ ἅγιος Ἀνδρέας. Border of dots.


Inscription of six lines, a cross above and a decoration below. Border of dots.



Γραφς σφραγίζει τοῦ Πατρῶν Ἰωάννου Χριστοῦ μαθητὴς πρωτόκλητος Ἀνδρέας.


Γραφὰς σφραγίζει τοῦ Πατρῶν Ἰωάννου Χριστοῦ μαθητὴς πρωτόκλητος Ἀνδρέας.

The disciple of Christ, Andrew, the first to be called, seals the letters of John (metropolitan) of Patras.


The inscription consists of two dodecasyllabic verses.

Today Patras, the city of St. Andrew. The see of Patras was functioning by the 4th century; it is mentioned as an archbishopric in the iconoclastic notitia and perhaps in the council of 787 (Darrouzès, Notitiae, 23, note 1 and no. 3, line 55). Sometime between 802 and 806 it was raised to the rank of a metropolis by being attributed three suffragans: Lakedaimonia, Methone and Korone. All this information concerning the foundation of the metropolis and its right to collect taxes from the neighboring Slavic populations is related to a miraculous intervention of St. Andrew to save the city from Slav rebels. In the 10th century, an archon exercised authority in Patras (Corinth XII, no. 2705). See Laurent, in REB 21 (1963) 129-36; Laurent, Corpus V/1, 471; Fedalto, 517-19; ODB II, 1597-98; Bon, Morée francque, 449-57.