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John (metropolitan) of Thebes (twelfth century)

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DO Seals 2, no. 21.1b. Laurent, Corpus V/3, no. 1786. Cf. Wassiliou-Seibt, Siegel mit metrischen Legenden I, no. 981.


21 mm


John (metropolitan) of Thebes (twelfth century)

The Virgin standing and holding Christ. On either side the inscription: ̅ΘΥ̅ : Μήτηρ Θεοῦ. Border of dots.


John (metropolitan) of Thebes (twelfth century)

Inscription of four lines. Border of dots.


ωάννην με τὸν Θηβῶν, Κόρη, σκέποις


Ἰωάννην με τὸν Θηβῶν, Κόρη σκέποις.

Virgin, may you protect me, John (metropolitan) of Thebes.



From different boulloterion but parallel to BZS.1958.106.470.

Dodecasyllabic verse. Inscription has accents, one of which is misplaced. Laurent attributes this specimen to the John of Thebes who occupied the throne before 1166 and even perhaps after 1182 (cf. Corpus V/1, 594). He also re-edited another seal with the same name and titles which he attributed to this same prelate (Laurent, Corpus V/1, no. 775).

Thebes of Boeotia was an important administrative center, residence of the strategos of Hellas (early 10th century), and of an archon (Konstantopoulos, no. 63; Laurent, Orghidan, no. 236). Thebes became an autocephalous archbishopric (toward the end of the 8th century: Darrouzès, Notitiae, no. 2, line 79; cf. Seyrig, no. 270) and was raised to a metropolis between 968 and 997. See Laurent, Corpus V/1, 591; Koder-Hild, Hellas, 269-71; Fedalto, 523-25; ODB III, 2032; and J. Darrouzès in REB 47 (1989) 226-31.


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