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

Accession number BZS.1958.106.1590
Diameter 23 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 2, no. 8.15b.

Obverse

Bust of the Virgin holding her hands palm outward on her chest. Sigla with tongues of fire: ̅ΘΥ̅: Μήτηρ Θεοῦ. Border of dots.

Reverse

Inscription of seven lines, the final three letters between horizontal bars. Border of dots.

ΣΠΑΘ.
ΧΑΡΤ,Λ,Τ
Γ,ΚΡΙΤ,ΕΠ
ΤΙΟΔ
ΠΕΛΟΠ,
ΕΛ,Δ,

Βασίλειος πρωτοσπαθάριοςμέγας? χαρτουλάριος τοῦ γενικοῦ, κριτὴς ἐπ τοῦ Ἱπποδρόμου Πελοποννήσου καὶ Ἑλλάδος.

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.1955.1.2239) is from same boulloterion, but this seal has 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 with certainty the name and the title πρωτοσπαθάριος on this 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.

Accession number BZS.1958.106.1590
Diameter 23 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 2, no. 8.15b.

Notes

Accession number BZS.1958.106.1590
Diameter 23 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 2, no. 8.15b.