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(The monastery of) St. John Prodromos of Ganos (eleventh century)

Accession number BZS.1947.2.88
Diameter 17 mm
Field diameter 10 mm
Condition Partly obliterated, especially on the obverse.
Previous Editions

DO Seals 1, no. 51.3.
Laurent, Corpus V/2, no. 1232 (with inaccuracies; dated to the 10th century).

Obverse

Poorly preserved bust of (most probably) St. John the Baptist holding a long cross and scroll. No inscription visible. Border of dots.

Reverse

Inscription of five lines. Border of dots.


Ι̅Ο
ΠΡΟΔ,
ΤΓ.
ΝΟΥ

Ὁ ἅγιος Ἰωάννης ὁ Πρόδρομος τοῦ Γάνου

Translation

Ὁ ἅγιος Ἰωάννης ὁ Πρόδρομος τοῦ Γάνου.

St. John the Prodromos of Ganos.

Commentary

This is obviously the seal of a monastery of Ganos dedicated to St. John the Baptist. We disagree with Laurent's hypothesis that this monastery was also the seat of the the protos. The inscription might possibly be a very poor fifteen-syllable verse.

Mount Ganos was a monastic center situated north of the Propontis and attested from the tenth to the fourteenth century. See Laurent, Corpus V/2, 152. It was composed of several monasteries and, like Mount Athos, was administrated by an (elected?) protos, attested as early as the eleventh century.

Accession number BZS.1947.2.88
Diameter 17 mm
Field diameter 10 mm
Condition Partly obliterated, especially on the obverse.
Previous Editions

DO Seals 1, no. 51.3.
Laurent, Corpus V/2, no. 1232 (with inaccuracies; dated to the 10th century).

Accession number BZS.1947.2.88
Diameter 17 mm
Field diameter 10 mm
Condition Partly obliterated, especially on the obverse.
Previous Editions

DO Seals 1, no. 51.3.
Laurent, Corpus V/2, no. 1232 (with inaccuracies; dated to the 10th century).

Notes

Accession number BZS.1947.2.88
Diameter 17 mm
Field diameter 10 mm
Condition Partly obliterated, especially on the obverse.
Previous Editions

DO Seals 1, no. 51.3.
Laurent, Corpus V/2, no. 1232 (with inaccuracies; dated to the 10th century).

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