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John bishop of Corfou (eighth century)

Accession number BZS.1958.106.86
Diameter 26 mm
Field diameter 24 mm
Condition Chipped.
Previous Editions

DO Seals 2, no. 5.2.
Laurent, Corpus V/1, no. 673.


Cruciform invocative monogram (type I). Wreath border.

Θεοτόκε βοήθει


Inscription of five lines, beginning with a cross. Wreath border.


Ἰωάννῃ πισκόπῳ Κερκύρης


Θεοτόκε βοήθει Ἰωάννῃ ἐπισκόπῳ Κερκύρης.

Theotokos, help John bishop of Corfou.


Corfou (Κέρκυρα, gen. Κερκύρας or Κερκύρης or Κερκύρων in the plural) was at first a suffragan bishopric of Nikopolis. Along with the rest of the Illyricum it was attached to the Patriarchate of Constantinople (8th century); it eventually rose to the rank of archbishopric (second half of the 9th century: Laurent, Corpus V/1, 672) and to a metropolis in the second half of the 11th century, well before 1089 (REB 29 [1971] 268-70); Laurent, Corpus V/1, 618-19; Malamut, Iles, 355-56).