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Michael Barys, bishop of Helos (twelfth century, second half)

Accession number BZS.1958.106.4279
Diameter 29 mm
Condition Blank too small for die. Partially effaced.
Previous Editions

C. Stavrakos, "Byzantine lead seals from Mystras. New historical evidence for the region of Byzantine Lakedaimon," BZ 103/1 (2010), 132-33. See also Wassiliou Seibt, Siegel mit metrischen Legenden I, no. 777.

Obverse

Inscription of five lines, bottom line partially preserved. A cross above. Border of dots.


επισρ.
γι.
.ρ.
.σλ.
..σ̣

ἐπισφρ[α]γίζω [(καὶ) σ]φραγί[ζω τ]οὺς λ[όγου]ς

Reverse

Inscription of four lines, top line partially preserved. Border of dots.

Θ̣υ̣τ̣η̣
̣ελσ̣
μιρυσ̣
γ̣ρ..

Θύτη[ς τ]οῦ Ἕλους Μιχ(αὴλ) Βαρὺς γράφ[ει]

Translation

ἐπισφραγίζω καὶ σφραγίζω τοὺς λόγους. Θύτης τοῦ Ἕλους Μιχαὴλ Βαρὺς γράφει.

I ratify and seal these documents. Michael Barys, bishop of Helos, writes this.

Commentary

The reading of this seal is not entirely certain. The inscription appears to consist of two self-contained twelve-syllable verses.

Helos is attested as a suffragan of Patras from the tenth century, but its exact location remains unknown. The seal edited here should be added to the specimens from Helos published in DO Seals 2.26.

Accession number BZS.1958.106.4279
Diameter 29 mm
Condition Blank too small for die. Partially effaced.
Previous Editions

C. Stavrakos, "Byzantine lead seals from Mystras. New historical evidence for the region of Byzantine Lakedaimon," BZ 103/1 (2010), 132-33. See also Wassiliou Seibt, Siegel mit metrischen Legenden I, no. 777.

Accession number BZS.1958.106.4279
Diameter 29 mm
Condition Blank too small for die. Partially effaced.
Previous Editions

C. Stavrakos, "Byzantine lead seals from Mystras. New historical evidence for the region of Byzantine Lakedaimon," BZ 103/1 (2010), 132-33. See also Wassiliou Seibt, Siegel mit metrischen Legenden I, no. 777.

Notes

Accession number BZS.1958.106.4279
Diameter 29 mm
Condition Blank too small for die. Partially effaced.
Previous Editions

C. Stavrakos, "Byzantine lead seals from Mystras. New historical evidence for the region of Byzantine Lakedaimon," BZ 103/1 (2010), 132-33. See also Wassiliou Seibt, Siegel mit metrischen Legenden I, no. 777.

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