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John metropolitan of Klaudioupolis (eleventh century)

Accession number BZS.1955.1.4815
Diameter 23 mm
Field diameter 16 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 4, no. 7.3a.

Obverse

Bust of St. John Chrysostom blessing with his right hand and holding a book in his left hand. Inscription: |ι̅ω|ο-: Ὁ ἅ(γιος) Ἰω(άννης) ὁ Χρ(υσόσ)τ(ομος). Border of dots.

Reverse

Inscription of five lines, followed by an ornament. Border of dots.

κ̅εR,
τσδ
ι̅μ̅ροπο
λ,κλαυδι
πολ,

Κ(ύρι)ε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δ(ούλῳ) Ἰω(άννῃ) μ(ητ)ροπολ(ίτῃ) Κλαυδιουπόλ(εως)

Translation

Κύριε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ Ἰωάννῃ μητροπολίτῃ Κλαυδιοπόλεως.

Lord, help your servant John, metropolitan of Klaudioupolis.

Commentary

Laurent published (with photo and minor misreadings) a parallel specimen from the Vienna Collection (Laurent, Corpus V/1, no. 475 [pl. 65]). See also BZS.1955.1.4816 and BZS.1958.106.2127.

According to Constantine VII, Klaudioupolis (the modern Bolu) was the second-ranked city of the theme of the Boukellarioi (De thematibus, 71). It was the seat of a tourma. Klaudioupolis, which may have declined in the eleventh century (Mikra Asia them., 250), was also the seat of the metropolitan of the ecclesiastical province of Honorias until the XIIIth century, when the city was destroyed by the Turks and the ecclesiastical authority moved to neighboring Pontoherakleia. See Laurent, Corpus V/1, 348; Paphlagonien, 235-237. List of metropolitans in Fedalto, HEO I, 90-91.

Accession number BZS.1955.1.4815
Diameter 23 mm
Field diameter 16 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 4, no. 7.3a.

Notes

Accession number BZS.1955.1.4815
Diameter 23 mm
Field diameter 16 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 4, no. 7.3a.