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Basil servant of Christ (tenth century)

 
 

Obverse

A patriarchal cross (x at the lower crossbar) mounted on a base of three steps; fleurons arise on either side. Within a border of dots, a circular inscription:

. . . τσο..ος

[Kύριε/Θεοτόκε βοήθει] τῷ σῷ δούλος

Reverse

Inscription of four lines. Border of dots.

.Rση
.ειοςο
.λςχρ
.στου

Βασή[λ]ειος δο[ύ]λω{ς} Χρ[ι]στοῦ

Obverse

A patriarchal cross (x at the lower crossbar) mounted on a base of three steps; fleurons arise on either side. Within a border of dots, a circular inscription:

. . . τσο..ος

[Kύριε/Θεοτόκε βοήθει] τῷ σῷ δούλος

Reverse

Inscription of four lines. Border of dots.

.Rση
.ειοςο
.λςχρ
.στου

Βασή[λ]ειος δο[ύ]λω{ς} Χρ[ι]στοῦ

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.2471
Diameter 29.0 mm; field: 19.0 mm
Credit Line Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Bequest of Thomas Whittemore.

Translation

Βασήλειος δούλως Χριστοῦ.

Basil, servant of Christ.

Commentary

There is a mistake on the obverse: δούλος should be in the dative (δούλῳ), but is instead in the nominative, matching the case of the reverse inscription. On the reverse we have marked the sigma after δούλῳ as a superfluous letter.