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Basil raiktor and oikonomos of the Great Church (ninth/tenth century)

 
 

Obverse

Cross intersected with a second cross at an angle in the shape of , with letters spelling out an invocation at each of the extremities of the cross: Κ-.-.-Θ-Τ--Σ--Δ. Double border of dots.

Κύριε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ

Reverse

Inscription in four lines. Double border of dots.

ασιλ
ρεκτˊριυ
κ,ν,μ,τη
εκκλˊ

Βασιλείῳ ρέκτορι καὶ ὑκονόμ τῆς Μεγάλης Ἐκκλησίας

Obverse

Cross intersected with a second cross at an angle in the shape of , with letters spelling out an invocation at each of the extremities of the cross: Κ-.-.-Θ-Τ--Σ--Δ. Double border of dots.

Κύριε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ

Reverse

Inscription in four lines. Double border of dots.

ασιλ
ρεκτˊριυ
κ,ν,μ,τη
εκκλˊ

Βασιλείῳ ρέκτορι καὶ ὑκονόμ τῆς Μεγάλης Ἐκκλησίας

Accession number BZS.1947.2.8
Diameter 26.0 mm; field: 19.0 mm
Previous Editions

Laurent, Corpus V/1, no. 52.

Translation

Κύριε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ Βασιλείῳ ρέκτορι καὶ ὑκονόμῳ τῆς Μεγάλης Ἐκκλησίας.

Lord, help your servant Basil raiktor and oikonomos of the Great Church.

Commentary

Laurent points out that this Basil must have been a raiktor before he become oikonomos of Hagia Sophia, and therefore was likely an imperial appointee (of a non-cleric) to oversee the Church's property. Schlumberger published a seal of this same Basil, but without the title oikonomos (Sig, 243, n. 77). Laurent connects this Basil to that known from historical and documentary sources to have served under John Tzimiskes.