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John (metropolitan) of Amaseia (eleventh century)

 
 

Obverse

Inscription of three lines. Border of dots.

τα
μασει
ασ

Τοῦ Ἀμασείας

Reverse

Inscription of three lines. Border of dots.

ησφρ,
γισι
ανν

ἡ σφρ(α)γὶς Ἰωάννου

Obverse

Inscription of three lines. Border of dots.

τα
μασει
ασ

Τοῦ Ἀμασείας

Reverse

Inscription of three lines. Border of dots.

ησφρ,
γισι
ανν

ἡ σφρ(α)γὶς Ἰωάννου

Accession number BZS.1958.106.300
Diameter 16.0 mm; field: 11.0 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 4, no. 23.2a. See also Wassiliou-Seibt, Siegel mit metrischen Legenden I, no. 856.

Translation

Τοῦ Ἀμασείας ἡ σφραγὶς Ἰωάννου.

The seal of John (metropolitan) of Amaseia.

Commentary

This seal comes from the same boulloterion as BZS.1951.31.5.1313. Another, BZS.1951.31.5.867, seems to come from a later boulloterion of the same metropolitan but this must have been used after the owner’s death by the personnel of the metropolis, who had to erase the name of the deceased prelate. Similar instances of anonymous seals of metropolitans are mentioned in N. Oikonomides, “The Anonymous Seal,” SBS 4 (1995) 77 ff.

The inscription forms one twelve-syllable verse.

Bibliography

  • Catalogue of Byzantine Seals at Dumbarton Oaks and in the Fogg Museum of Art, Vol. 4: The East (Open in Zotero)
  • Le Corpus des sceaux de l’empire byzantin (Open in Zotero)
  • Dictionnaire d’histoire et de géographie ecclésiastiques (Open in Zotero)
  • Notitiae Episcopatuum Ecclesiae Constantinopolitanae (Open in Zotero)
  • Hierarchia Ecclesiastica Orientalis: Series episcoporum ecclesiarum christianarum orientalium (Open in Zotero)
  • Die Städte Kleinasiens im 7. und 8. Jahrhundert (Open in Zotero)
  • Oxford Dictionary of Byzantium (Open in Zotero)
  • Η Μικρά Ασία των θεμάτων. Ἐρευνες πάνω στην γεωγραφική φυσιογνωμία και προσωπογραφία των βυζαντινών θεμάτων της Μικράς Ασίας (Open in Zotero)
  • The Anonymous Seal (Open in Zotero)
  • Corpus der byzantinischen Siegel mit metrischen Legenden, Vol. 1, Siegellegenden von Alpha bis inclusive My (Open in Zotero)