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Basil protospatharios, hypatos, judge of the Velum and of the Hippodrome of Macedonia (eleventh century)

Accession number BZS.1947.2.102
Diameter 26 mm
Condition Weakly imprinted.
Previous Editions

DO Seals 1, no. 43.3.

Obverse

Bust of St. George (?). Traces of vertical inscription: Ω|Ρ (?). No visible border.

Reverse

Inscription of six lines. No visible border.

ΑΣΙ.
ΑΣΠΑΘ..
ΠΑΤ,ΚΡΙ..
ΗΛ,..
,ΜΑ.
ΕΔΟΝ

Βασίλειος πρωτοσπαθάριος, ὕπατος, κριτὴς τοῦ βήλου καὶ τοῦ Ἱπποδρόμου Μακεδονίας

Translation

Βασίλειος πρωτοσπαθάριος, ὕπατος, κριτὴς τοῦ βήλου καὶ τοῦ Ἱπποδρόμου Μακεδονίας.

Basil protospatharios, hypatos, judge of the Velum and of the Hippodrome of Macedonia.

Commentary

The meaning of the title hypatos is not obvious on this seal. We know that the traditional honorific title of hypatos disappeared in the tenth century; that a new judicial office of hypatos appeared for the first time in the Escorial Taktikon (971-975); and that a new honorific title of hypatos, superior to that of protospatharios, was created before 1039 (Listes, 296, 325). Because honorific title are normally enumerated on seals in decreasing order of importance and always precede offices, it is clear that Basil held the judicial office of hypatos combined with a temporary mandate as judge of Macedonia.

Accession number BZS.1947.2.102
Diameter 26 mm
Condition Weakly imprinted.
Previous Editions

DO Seals 1, no. 43.3.

Notes

Accession number BZS.1947.2.102
Diameter 26 mm
Condition Weakly imprinted.
Previous Editions

DO Seals 1, no. 43.3.

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