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Basil protospatharios, megas (?) chartoularios tou genikou, judge of the Hippodrome of the Peloponnesos and Hellas (eleventh century)

Accession number BZS.1955.1.2239
Diameter 30 mm
Field diameter 22 mm
Condition Flattened on one side. May have been exposed to heat.
Previous Editions

DO Seals 2, no. 8.15a.

Obverse

Bust of the Virgin; gestures obscure. Sigla with tongues of fire: ..ΘΥ̅: Μήτηρ Θεοῦ. Border of dots.

Reverse

Inscription of seven lines followed by decoration. Border of dots.


ΑΣΙΛ
ΑΣΠΑΘ,.
ΧΑΡΤ,Λ,Τ
Γ,ΚΡΙΤ,Ε..
ΤΙ ...
ΠΕΛΟ...
Δ

Βασίλειος πρωτοσπαθάριος, μέγας? χαρτουλάριος τοῦ γενικοῦ, κριτὴςπὶ τοῦ Ἱπποδρόμου Πελοποννήσου καὶλλάδος.

Translation

Βασίλειος πρωτοσπαθάριος, μέγας (?) χαρτουλάριος τοῦ γενικοῦ, κριτὴς ἐπὶ τοῦ Ἱπποδρόμου Πελοποννήσου καὶ Ἑλλάδος.

Basil, protospatharios, megas (?) chartoularios tou genikou, judge of the Hippodrome of the Peloponnesos and Hellas.

Commentary

Parallel seal (BZS.1958.106.1590) is from same boulloterion, but with a slightly retooled die as can be seen in the Ι ligature.

The close resemblance between this seal and its parallel allows us to restore the name and the title πρωτοσπαθάριος on the other specimen. It is not certain whether Basil was megas chartoularios because the ligature  does not appear on either specimen. For prosopographical comments on Basil the megas chartoularios, see DO Seals 2, no. 8.16 (BZS 1947.2.135 and 1955.1.2243).

Accession number BZS.1955.1.2239
Diameter 30 mm
Field diameter 22 mm
Condition Flattened on one side. May have been exposed to heat.
Previous Editions

DO Seals 2, no. 8.15a.

Notes

Accession number BZS.1955.1.2239
Diameter 30 mm
Field diameter 22 mm
Condition Flattened on one side. May have been exposed to heat.
Previous Editions

DO Seals 2, no. 8.15a.