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John bishop of Kaloe (eleventh century)

Accession number BZS.1958.106.305
Diameter 25 mm
Condition Broken in two.
Previous Editions

DO Seals 3, no. 19.1.

Laurent, Corpus V/1, no. 280.


Bust of the Virgin holding Christ in her left arm, who in turn holds a scroll in his left hand. On either side the inscription: ̅-θ̅υ : Μ(ήτη)ρ Θ(εο)ῦ. Border of dots.


Inscription of five lines, top line missing. Border of dots.


[Θ(εοτό)κε β(οή)θ(ει) τ]ῷ σῷ δ(ού)λ(ῳ) Ἰω(άννῃ) ἐπισκ(ό)πο Καλόης


Θεοτόκε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ Ἰωάννῃ ἐπισκόπο Καλόης.

Mother of God, help your servant John, bishop of Kaloe.


Kaloe (or Koloe), in the upper Cayster valley, has been identified with modern Keles: a suffragan bishopric of Ephesos, mentioned in all notitiae from the seventh to the thirteenth centuries. Its first bishop is attested in 431. See Laurent, Corpus V/1, 196; Culerrier, Suffragants d'Ephèse, 156 (episcopal list). Its one claim to fame is as the birthplace of the tenth-century historian Leo the Deacon.