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John metropolitan (of Chalcedon) (seventh century)

 
 

Obverse

St. Euphemia standing, holding a martyr's cross. Inscription: Η|ΑΓ|ΙΑΕ|Υ|ΦΗ|Μ : ἡ ἁγία Εὐφημία. Wreath border.

Reverse

Inscription of four lines. Wreath border.

ΙΑ
ΝΝΟΥΜ
ΗΤΡΟΠΟ
ΛΙΤΟΥ

Ἰωάννου μητροπολίτου

Obverse

St. Euphemia standing, holding a martyr's cross. Inscription: Η|ΑΓ|ΙΑΕ|Υ|ΦΗ|Μ : ἡ ἁγία Εὐφημία. Wreath border.

Reverse

Inscription of four lines. Wreath border.

ΙΑ
ΝΝΟΥΜ
ΗΤΡΟΠΟ
ΛΙΤΟΥ

Ἰωάννου μητροπολίτου

Accession number BZS.1955.1.4791
Diameter 29.0 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 3, no. 77.2.
Laurent, Corpus V/3, no. 1716.
Zacos-Veglery, no. 1244.

Translation

Ἰωάννου μητροπολίτου.

(Seal of) the metropolitan John.

Commentary

Although the inscription makes no mention of Chalcedon, the representation of St. Euphemia on the obverse and the owner's rank of metropolitan guarantee that he governed the church of Chalcedon. As Laurent notes, he may be the John who attended the councils of 681 and 692.

Bibliography

  • Catalogue of Byzantine Seals at Dumbarton Oaks and at the Fogg Museum of Art, Vol. 3: West, Northwest, and Central Asia Minor and the Orient (Open in Zotero)
  • Le Corpus des sceaux de l’empire byzantin (Open in Zotero)
  • Byzantine Lead Seals, Vol. 1 (Open in Zotero)
  • La géographie ecclésiastique de l’empire byzantin, vol. 2, Les églises et les monastères des grands centres byzantins (Open in Zotero)