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Basil bishop of Akrasos (?) (eleventh century)

Accession number BZS.1955.1.4639
Diameter 16 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 5, no. 115.1.

Obverse

Bust of the Mother of God holding a medallion of Christ before her. At left and right: μ̅θ̅ : Μ(ήτηρ) Θ(εοῦ). Circular inscription beginning at 8 o'clock.

θκεοηθ

Θ(εοτό)κε βοήθ(ει) [τῷ σῷ δούλῳ]

Reverse

Inscription of four lines preceded and followed by a row of pellets. Border of dots.


ασιλ
ιοελεοΘΥ̅
πισκοπ
κραου

Βασιλίο ἐλέο Θ(εο)ῦ [ἐ]πισκόπ(ῳ) [Ἀ]κρα(σ)οῦ

Translation

Θεοτόκε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ Βασιλίο ἐλέο Θεοῦ ἐπισκόπῳ Ἀκρασοῦ.

Mother of God, help your servant Basil, by the grace of God bishop of Akrasos.

Commentary

The reading [Ἀ]κρα(σ)οῦ is possible, but by no means certain. A particular problem arises from the fact that there does not appear to be a suspension mark after the second alpha.

The name of the bishopric, a suffragan of Sardis, is spelled Akrasos or Akarassos. See, for example, Notitia 13, line 114, in Darrouzès, Notitiae, 356.

Accession number BZS.1955.1.4639
Diameter 16 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 5, no. 115.1.

Notes

Accession number BZS.1955.1.4639
Diameter 16 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 5, no. 115.1.

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