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Basil Choirosphaktes (eleventh century, first half)

 
 

Obverse

A patriarchal cross mounted on a ball. On either side, the inscription: ΙΣ̅ΧΣ̅: Ἰ(ησοῦ)ς Χ(ριστό)ς. Between concentric borders of dots, a circular inscription beginning with a cross at twelve o'clock:

..ΗΓΟΣΗΜΗΦΥΛΑΞΑΣΙΛ

[ὁδ]ηγὸς ἠμὴ (καὶ) φύλαξ Βασιλ(είου)

Reverse

Inscription of five lines, a cross above. Border of dots.


ΛΕΠΟΝ
ΤΓΡΑΦ,
ΓΝ̣Θ̣,ΤΟΝ
ΧΟΙΡΟΣΦΑ
ΚΤ

βλέπον τὴν γραφ(ὴν) γνώθ(ι) τὸν Χοιροσφάκτην

Obverse

A patriarchal cross mounted on a ball. On either side, the inscription: ΙΣ̅ΧΣ̅: Ἰ(ησοῦ)ς Χ(ριστό)ς. Between concentric borders of dots, a circular inscription beginning with a cross at twelve o'clock:

..ΗΓΟΣΗΜΗΦΥΛΑΞΑΣΙΛ

[ὁδ]ηγὸς ἠμὴ (καὶ) φύλαξ Βασιλ(είου)

Reverse

Inscription of five lines, a cross above. Border of dots.


ΛΕΠΟΝ
ΤΓΡΑΦ,
ΓΝ̣Θ̣,ΤΟΝ
ΧΟΙΡΟΣΦΑ
ΚΤ

βλέπον τὴν γραφ(ὴν) γνώθ(ι) τὸν Χοιροσφάκτην

Accession number BZS.1955.1.3945
Diameter 20.0 mm
Previous Editions

Cf. Wassiliou-Seibt, Siegel mit metrischen Legenden II, no. 2260 (citing other editions, notably Cheynet's in SBS 11 [2012] whose reading is to be preferred).

Translation

ὁδηγὸς ἠμὴ καὶ φύλαξ Βασιλείου. βλέπον τὴν γραφὴν γνώθι τὸν Χοιροσφάκτην.

I am Basil's guide and guardian. Know that (the owner) is Choirosphaktes by looking at the letter.

Commentary

On the date and owner of the seal, see Cheynet's comments in "Les Choirosphaktai," SBS 12 (2012), 89-110.