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Basil archipoimen (=metropolitan) of Larissa (twelfth century)

Accession number BZS 1958.106.11
Diameter 37 mm
Field diameter 31 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 2, no. 17.1; Laurent, Corpus V/1, no. 676. See also Wassiliou-Seibt, Siegel mit metrischen Legenden I, no. 772.


St. Achillios standing, blessing (r. hand) and holding a book (l. hand). On either side a cruciform inscription: Ο|ΑΓΙ|Ο|ΣΑ|ΛΛΧΟΣ|Ι to be read first vertically and then horizontally, much in the way that the sign of the cross is made in the Orthodox church: ὁ ἅγιος Ἁχίλλιος. Border of dots.


Inscription of seven lines followed by a row of dots. Border of dots.


Ἐπισφραγίζοις τὰς γραφὰς Βασιλείου τοῦ τῆς Λαρίσσης ἀρχιποίμενος, μάκαρ


Ἐπισφραγίζοις τὰς γραφὰς Βασιλείου τοῦ τῆς Λαρίσσης ἀρχιποίμενος, μάκαρ.

Blessed one, may you add your seal to the letters of Basil, metropolitan of Larissa.


The inscription consists of two twelve-syllable verses. On the second last line of the reverse, an extra letter sigma (Σ) may be evidence that this specimen is overstruck.

The see of Larissa (same name today) dates from the 4th century and is mentioned as a metropolis with its suffragans in all the notitiae. See Laurent, Corpus V/1, 508 ff (and Lihačev, Molivdovully, 178, no. 5); Avramea, 124 ff, 191 ff; Koder-Hild, Hellas, 198-99; Fedalto, 458-60.