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John (bishop) of Atramyttion (twelfth century)

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.991
Diameter 24 mm
Field diameter 19 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 3, no. 3.4. Laurent, Corpus V/1, no. 276. See also Wassiliou-Seibt, Siegel mit metrischen Legenden II, no. 2440.


St. Athanasios standing, blessing with his right hand and holding a book in his left. On either side the inscription: |α|θ|α-ν|α|σι|οσ : ὁ ἅ(γιος) Ἀθανάσιος. Border of dots. To be seen on each of the saint's shoulders is a cross decoration, indicating that the person presented is a bishop. The saint could be the famous St. Athanasios of Alexandria, but, as Laurent has observed, he might also be Athanasios, bishop-saint of Adramyttion, whose cult is known from a panegyric of Constantine Akropolites (BHG, no. 192).


Inscription of four lines, cross above. Border of dots.


Σφραγὶς εὐτελοῦς Ἰω(άννου) Ἀτραμητίου.


Σφραγὶς εὐτελοῦς Ἰωάννου Ἀτραμητίου.

Seal of John, humble (bishop) of Atramyttion.


The inscription is metrical provided that one reads the abridged name as Io, without the syllables corresponding to the abbreviation -άννου.

Adramyttion or Atramyttion (modern Edremit) was an important naval base, part of the Thrakesion; after the creation of the theme of Samos, between 843 and 899, Adramyttion with the littoral became the seat of one of its tourmai (De Them., chap. XVI, line 15) while the interior belonged to the strategos of the Thrakesion, who also had, at least in the ninth century, a tourmarches at Adramyttion. The see, a suffragan of Ephesos, was first attested in 431 and appears in all the notitiae.See Laurent, Corpus V/1, 190; Culerrier, Suffragants d'Ephèse, 153 (episcopal list); ODB I, 227.