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Macerata1:
Hi,

I’ve been trying to read this seal, but I’m finding it a bit difficult to read the second part. Any ideas? I read:

+θΚΕR
IW EΠICK
Π ΑΜΙCOV S
…C/EW TOV
B(?)AC’ΛΕ
W

Theotokos help John Bishop of Amisos and… (of the Emperor?)?

Macerata1:
The obverse

Macerata1:
Perhaps TOV / B(?)AC’ΛΕW refers to a family name?

iolkia:
Hi,

I think he is not an episkopos but an episkeptites.

So the seal would read " John episkeptites of Amisos" and then perhaps an abbreviation like  ΑΝΘΡW for "man of the emperor".

Regards,

Iolkia

Macerata1:
Thanks for the helpful reply Iolkia! Yes you are right, ΕΠΙCKΠ also reads as episkeptites. Would John therefore have been an administrator in Amisos?

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