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Basil Xeros, vestarches (eleventh century)

 
 

Obverse

Two saints standing in non-military garb, nimbed, facing each other. At left, St. Mark. No sigla visible. At right, St. Demetrios. No sigla visible. Border of dots.

Reverse

Inscription of seven lines. Border of dots.

ΑΠΟΣ..
.ΝΠΤ̣.Σ
.ΕΜΑΡΤ̣Υ̣Ρ̣Ν
ΚΛΕ̣ΟΣ̣ΗΡΟΝ
ΣΚΕ̣ΠΟΙΤΕΑ
Σ̣Ι̣ΛΕΙΟΝΕ
ΣΤΑΡΧΗ,

ἀποσ[τόλ]ων πρώτ[ιστ]ε, μαρ[τύρ]ων κλ[έ]ος, [Ξ]ηρὸν σκ[έ]ποιτε Βα[σί]λειον βεστάρχη(ν)

Obverse

Two saints standing in non-military garb, nimbed, facing each other. At left, St. Mark. No sigla visible. At right, St. Demetrios. No sigla visible. Border of dots.

Reverse

Inscription of seven lines. Border of dots.

ΑΠΟΣ..
.ΝΠΤ̣.Σ
.ΕΜΑΡΤ̣Υ̣Ρ̣Ν
ΚΛΕ̣ΟΣ̣ΗΡΟΝ
ΣΚΕ̣ΠΟΙΤΕΑ
Σ̣Ι̣ΛΕΙΟΝΕ
ΣΤΑΡΧΗ,

ἀποσ[τόλ]ων πρώτ[ιστ]ε, μαρ[τύρ]ων κλ[έ]ος, [Ξ]ηρὸν σκ[έ]ποιτε Βα[σί]λειον βεστάρχη(ν)

Accession number BZS.1955.1.3812
Diameter 30.0 mm
Condition Damaged, with attempts at modern conservation.
Previous Editions

This seal should be included with those listed in Wassiliou-Seibt, Siegel mit metrischen Legenden I, no. 125.

Translation

ἀποστόλων πρώτιστε, μαρτύρων κλέος, Ξηρὸν σκέποιτε Βασίλειον βεστάρχην.

Foremost of the apostles, glory of the martyrs, may you protect the vestarches Basil Xeros.

Commentary

The reading of this inscription has been confirmed with reference to the parallels cited in this entry.