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Basil archbishop of Selge (tenth century)

Accession number BZS.1955.1.4693
Diameter 15 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 2, no. 77.1c.
Cf. Laurent, Corpus V/1, no. 840.


Bust of a long-faced Virgin holding Christ before her. On either side the sigla: ̅ΘΥ̅: Μήτηρ Θεοῦ. Remains of a circular inscription. No border visible.


Θεοτόκε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ


Inscription of four lines, a decoration consisting of a triangular device between tendrils below. Border of dots.


Βασιλείῳ ἀρχιεπισκόπῳ Σέλγις


Θεοτόκε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ Βασιλείῳ ἀρχιεπισκόπῳ Σέλγις.

Mother of God, help your servant Basil archbishop of Selge.


This is one of six seals from the same boulloterion edited jointly with the parallels listed below.

Selge (today Zerk/Altınkaya) was a bishopric suffragan of Side since at least the 5th century; in the early 9th century, it was elevated to the rank of archbishopric and is attested as such in all notitiae. See Laurent, Corpus V/1, 652 (add Zacos, Seals II, no. 570); Fedalto, 244-45; Brandes, Städte, 128; Zgusta, 551-52.