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John (metropolitan) of Gangra (twelfth century)

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.1098
Diameter 30 mm
Condition Half missing.
Previous Editions

DO Seals 4, no. 17.1. Laurent, Corpus V/2, 1594; see also Wassiliou-Seibt, Siegel mit metrischen Legenden II, no. 1981.


Bust of St. George holding a shield. Inscription visible in column at right: γ|ι|ο|σ : [Ὁ ἅ(γιος) Γεώρ]γιος. Border of dots.


Inscription of four lines. Border of dots.


Σκέπ[οις], ἀθλ[ητά, τ(ὸν)] Γάγγ[ρας] Ἰω[άν(νην)]


Σκέποις, ἀθλητά, τὸν Γάγγρας Ἰωάννην.

Champion of the faith, may you watch over John, the (metropolitan) of Gangra.


A correct twelve-syllable verse. Laurent's restoration is metrically unworkable. Laurent rightly identified this metropolitan with John of Gangra who was present at the patriarchal synod in 1166.

The modern Çankiri, Gangra was the metropolis of Paphlagonia. Represented at Chalcedon with five suffragans, Gangra was left with only four about the mid-ninth century, and subsequently three by the time of Alexios Komnenos. See Paphlagonien, 196-199; ODB II, 821; Laurent, Corpus V/1, 318; J. Darrouzès in REB 50 (1992) 98-101. List of metropolitans in Fedalto, HEO I, 85-86.