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John bishop of Kokkos (?) (eleventh century)

Accession number BZS.1955.1.4647
Diameter 16 mm
Condition Corroded.
Previous Editions

DO Seals 5 no. 123.1. Parallel specimen (misread) in Sig., 209, no. 1 (= Laurent, Corpus 5.1: no. 867).


Bust of the Mother of God orans holding a medallion of Christ before her. Sigla visible at right: ..ΘΥ̅ : [Μ(ήτη)ρ] Θ(εο)ῦ. Border of dots.


Inscription of four lines. Border of dots.


Ἰω(άννης) ἐπήσκ[ο]πος Κό[κ]κου


Ἰωάννης ἐπήσκοπος Κόκκου.

John bishop of Kokkos.


Line 3 and 4 (reverse): Schlumberger read: Κερκού[ρ(ων)]. Laurent replaced the horseshoe ligature with the usual omicron-upsilon ligature.

One major object to both readings is that Kerkyra had been an archbishopric since the ninth century and accordingly the simple title of bishop is inappropriate. On our specimen the key letter, the omicron, at the end of line 3, is partically corroded, but it appears to have a curved side at right and see we prefer to read the line as Κόκκου. Laurent has published another seal of Kokkos, that of the bishop Nikephoros, which he dates to the eleventh century (Corpus 5.1: no. 497).

Kokkos first appears in Notitia 10 (Darrouzès, Notitiae, 317.243) in sixth place among the suffragans of Neokaisarea. Laurent would assign the date of that Notitia to the reign of Alexios I Komnenos (Corpus 5.1:364–65; see DHGE, no. 13, col. 180, and Darrouzès, Notitiae, 116–17).