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John archbishop of Thessalonica (ninth/tenth century)

Accession number BZS.1958.106.372
Diameter 23 mm
Field diameter 20 mm
Condition Blank too small for die.
Previous Editions

DO Seals 1, no. 18.84.
The reading is based off a similar specimen (possibly from the same boulloterion) published in Sig., 106, and again by Laurent, Corpus V/1, no. 452.


The Virgin standing, holding Christ. At left: Μ̅|Θ̅: Μήτηρ Θεοῦ. At right, St. Demetrios standing frontally and vertical inscription: Δ|Ι|Μ: ἅγιος Διμήτριος. Along a border of dots, the first part of a circular inscription.


Θεοτόκε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ


Inscription of five lines. Border of dots.


Ἰωάννῃ ἀρχιεπισκόπῳ Θεσσαλονίκης


Θεοτόκε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ Ἰωάννῃ ἀρχιεπισκόπῳ Θεσσαλονίκης.

Theotokos, help your servant John archbishop of Thessalonica.


Two Johns occupied the throne of Thessalonica around the turn of the tenth century (Gouillard, Synodikon, 114). One John is attested in 892, another (or the same?) in 904 (Spieser, Inscriptions de Thessalonique, 162-63).