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Basil metropolitan of Keltzene (eleventh century)

Accession number BZS.1947.2.51
Diameter 25 mm
Field diameter 22 mm
Condition Flattened on one side.
Previous Editions

DO Seals 4, no. 66.1.

Laurent, Corpus V/1, no. 812 (listed as Shaw Coll. no. 1131).

Obverse

The Virgin standing frontally holding Christ on her right arm. Sigla: ̅-θ̅υ : Μή(τη)ρ Θ(εο)ῦ. Circular inscription, beginning at seven o'clock. Border of dots.

+θκεRοηθ,-τσδουλ,

Θ(εοτόκ)ε βοήθ(ει) τῷ σῷ δούλ(ῳ)

Reverse

Inscription of five lines, a decoration above. Border of dots.


.Rασιλ,
..αχιστ
..Ο̅πολιΤ
..ατη
νησ-

Βασιλ(είῳ) [ἐλ]αχίστῳ [μ(ητ)ρ]οπολίτ(ῃ) [Κε]λτζηνῆς

Translation

Θεοτόκε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ Βασιλείῳ ἐλαχίστῳ μητροπολίτῃ Κελτζηνῆς.

Mother of God, help your servant Basil, most humble metropolitan of Keltzene.

Commentary

As Laurent has noted, Basil of Keltzene is attested in 1071 and 1072.

Keltzene (today Erzincan) was a tourma of the theme of Mesopotamia and encompassed the area north of the Euphrates, bordered on its eastern side by Derzene. As an ecclesiastical province, Keltzene is first listed as a bishopric of Kamacha, but is later listed as a metropolis (combined with Kortzene and Taron) with eight suffragans (Darrouzès, Notitiae, no. 10, l. 702-712; see also Honigmann, Ostgrenze, 198-210), a rank which Keltzene reached in the late Xth or early XIth century and kept until the Seljuk invasions. See Laurent, Corpus V/1, 627. See also Sinclair II, 426 ff.

Accession number BZS.1947.2.51
Diameter 25 mm
Field diameter 22 mm
Condition Flattened on one side.
Previous Editions

DO Seals 4, no. 66.1.

Laurent, Corpus V/1, no. 812 (listed as Shaw Coll. no. 1131).

Accession number BZS.1947.2.51
Diameter 25 mm
Field diameter 22 mm
Condition Flattened on one side.
Previous Editions

DO Seals 4, no. 66.1.

Laurent, Corpus V/1, no. 812 (listed as Shaw Coll. no. 1131).

Notes

Accession number BZS.1947.2.51
Diameter 25 mm
Field diameter 22 mm
Condition Flattened on one side.
Previous Editions

DO Seals 4, no. 66.1.

Laurent, Corpus V/1, no. 812 (listed as Shaw Coll. no. 1131).

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