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Basil protospatharios epi tou Chrysotriklinou, "man of the philosopher" (eleventh century)

 
 

Obverse

St Basil standing, gesturing to his right. Details indistinct. Traces of vertical inscriptions on either side: Ο̣|Α̣|....|Α|ΣΗ|Λ|Ε̣Ι̣|..: ὁ ἅ[γιος] Βασήλει[ος]. Border of dots.

Reverse

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

  
ΑΣΙΛ̣,
ΑΣΠΑΘ,ΕΠ,
Τ,Γ̅ΚΛˊΤ
Τ̣Φ̣ΙΛ
ΣΟΦΟΥ

Βασιλ(είῳ) (πρωτο)σπαθ(αρίῳ) ἐπ(ὶ) τ(οῦ) Χρ(υσο)(τρι)κλ(ίνου) τῷ τοῦ Φιλωσόφου

Obverse

St Basil standing, gesturing to his right. Details indistinct. Traces of vertical inscriptions on either side: Ο̣|Α̣|....|Α|ΣΗ|Λ|Ε̣Ι̣|..: ὁ ἅ[γιος] Βασήλει[ος]. Border of dots.

Reverse

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

  
ΑΣΙΛ̣,
ΑΣΠΑΘ,ΕΠ,
Τ,Γ̅ΚΛˊΤ
Τ̣Φ̣ΙΛ
ΣΟΦΟΥ

Βασιλ(είῳ) (πρωτο)σπαθ(αρίῳ) ἐπ(ὶ) τ(οῦ) Χρ(υσο)(τρι)κλ(ίνου) τῷ τοῦ Φιλωσόφου

Accession number BZS.1958.106.4474
Diameter 30.0 mm; field: 21.0 mm

Translation

Βασιλείῳ πρωτοσπαθαρίῳ ἐπὶ τοῦ Χρυσοτρικλίνου τῷ τοῦ Φιλωσόφου.

Basil protospatharios epi tou Chrysotriklinou, "man of the philosopher."

Commentary

The reading of the last portion of the inscription, τῷ τοῦ φιλωσόφου, is certain, but it is not clear how this should be interpreted. It may mean that the owner is styling himself as the devoté of St Basil, here called a philosopher in the sense of a theologian.