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Basil metropolitan of Tyre, protothronos and oikonomos of the patriarchate of Antioch (eleventh century)

 
 

Obverse

Inscription of five lines. Border of dots.

Κ̅ΕΟ
ΗΘΕΙ.Σ
Λ̅ΑΣΙΛΙ
ΜΡΟΠ /ΤΥ
Ρ.Υ

Κ(ύρι)ε βοήθει [τ]ῷ σῷ δούλ(ῳ) Βασιλἰ(ῳ) μ(ητ)ροπο(λίτῃ) Τύρ[ο]υ

Reverse

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

ΑˊΘΡΟΝ
ϗΟΙΚΟΝΟΜ
ΤΠΡΙΑΡΧ
ΑΝΤΙΟΧ̅Ι


(πρωτο)θρόνῳ (καὶ) οἰκονόμ(ῳ) τοῦ π(ατ)ριαρχ(είου) Ἀντιοχί(ας).

Obverse

Inscription of five lines. Border of dots.

Κ̅ΕΟ
ΗΘΕΙ.Σ
Λ̅ΑΣΙΛΙ
ΜΡΟΠ /ΤΥ
Ρ.Υ

Κ(ύρι)ε βοήθει [τ]ῷ σῷ δούλ(ῳ) Βασιλἰ(ῳ) μ(ητ)ροπο(λίτῃ) Τύρ[ο]υ

Reverse

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

ΑˊΘΡΟΝ
ϗΟΙΚΟΝΟΜ
ΤΠΡΙΑΡΧ
ΑΝΤΙΟΧ̅Ι


(πρωτο)θρόνῳ (καὶ) οἰκονόμ(ῳ) τοῦ π(ατ)ριαρχ(είου) Ἀντιοχί(ας).

Accession number BZS 1951.31.5.863
Diameter 39.0 mm; field: 28.0 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 5 no. 16.1; Laurent, Corpus 5.2, no. 1533.

Translation

Κύριε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ Βασιλἰῳ μητροπολίτῃ Τύρου, πρωτοθρόνῳ καὶ οἰκονόμῳ τοῦ πατριαρχείου Ἀντιοχίας.

Lord, help your servant Basil metropolitan of Tyre, protothronos and oikonomos of the patriarchate of Antioch.

Commentary

The metropolitanate of Tyre was established at the Council of Chalcedon in 451; the metropolitan of Tyre later came to be ranked first among those under the authority of the patriarch of Antioch, as indicated by the epithet protothronos, which appears on our seal below. See Laurent, Corpus 5.2:365; Zacos, Seals II, no. 441; ODB 3:2134; list of metropolitans in Fedalto, HEO 2:708–9.

On this seal, the small, superscript omicron after the Π on line 4 of the obverse stands over an abbreviation mark, creating a misleading resemblance to the letter Ρ.