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Basil hypatos and protonotarios of Sicily (ninth century)

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.527
Diameter 22 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 1, no. 5.5.
Zacos-Veglery, no. 1771.

Obverse

Cruciform invocative monogram (type V); in the quarters: ΤΣ|ΔΛ. Wreath border.

Θεοτόκε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ

Reverse

Inscription in four lines. Wreath border.

ΒΑΣΙ
ΛΕΙΥΠΑ
ΑΝΟΤΤ
ΣΙΚΕΛ

Βασιλείῳ ὑπάτῳ καὶ πρωτονοταρίῳ τῆς Σικελίας

Translation

Θεοτόκε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ Βασιλείῳ ὑπάτῳ καὶ πρωτονοταρίῳ τῆς Σικελίας.

Theotokos, help your servant Basil hypatos and protonotarios of Sicily.

Commentary

Zacos-Veglery read the final line (rev.) as σακέλλης, but although the second letter is by no means clear, its general shape more closely approximates an Ι than does an Α. Moreover, the reading τῆς σακέλλης would not make sense because precisely at that time, all protonotarioi of the themes were subordinate to the imperial sakelle or sakellion: this is stated by Philotheos in Listes, 121, line 6. A seal of the same type that belonged to a Basil protonotarios of Sicily was found in Syracus (Sig., 215, note 2, no. 10, and Borsari, Amministrazione, 157, no. 16). This Basil was a βασιλικὸς βεστίτωρ (not βέστης, as this appears in both editions) and could possibly be identical to the owner of our seal at an earlier stage of his career.

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.527
Diameter 22 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 1, no. 5.5.
Zacos-Veglery, no. 1771.

Notes

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.527
Diameter 22 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 1, no. 5.5.
Zacos-Veglery, no. 1771.

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