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John bishop of Hexamilion (eleventh century)

Accession number BZS.1958.106.3383
Diameter 21 mm
Field diameter 16 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 1, no. 54.3.
Laurent, Corpus V/3, no. 1701.


Patriarchal cross (X at the lower crossing) on three steps with fleurons rising from base (to first horizontal bar). Along the circumference, circular inscription. Border of dots.


Κύριε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλ


Inscription of four lines, decoration above. Border of dots.


ωάννῃ ἐπισκόπῳ ξαμιλίου


Κύριε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ Ἰωάννῃ ἐπισκόπῳ Ἑξαμιλίου.

Lord, help your servant John bishop of Hexamilion.


The owner of this seal has nothing to do with another John who occupied the see in the second half of the eleventh century (Laurent, Corpus V/1, no. 324; cf. Asdracha, Thrace orientale, 295).

Hexamilion (modern Bulayir) must have had significant economic activities, as is shown by our seals from there.

The see, a suffragan bishopric of Herakleia, was located at the site of ancient Lysimachia in the middle of the Dardanelles along the Thracian coast; it remained a bishopric until the fourteenth century when it was raised to the status of an archbishopric and metropolis (Laurent, Corpus V/1, 229; Asdracha, Thrace orientale, 249-50, 294-95). In a tenth-century notitia (cf. Darrouzès, Notitiae, 64), Hexamilion is equated with neighboring Chersonesos.