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Basil imperial kandidatos and dioiketes of Sarde (ninth/tenth century)

Accession number BZS.1977.34.10
Diameter 22 mm
Condition Broken at the exits of channel.
Previous Editions

DO Seals 3, no. 32.2.


Patriarchal cross on two steps, the lower bar being of the potent type, ending in pellets. In the lower quarters, crosslets of dots; in the upper quarters, remnants of what appears to be a crescent at left and the sun at right. Along the circumference, between two borders of dots, a circular inscription starting at 12 o'clock:


Κ(ύρι)ε βοήθη τῷ σῷ δούλῳ


Inscription of four lines. Border of dots.


Βασιλειῳ β(ασιλικῷ) καν(διδάτῳ) (καὶ) διοικ(ητῇ) Σάρδις


Κύριε βοήθη τῷ σῷ δούλῳ Βασιλειῳ βασιλικῷ κανδιδάτιω καὶ διοικητῇ Σάρδις.

Lord, help your servant Basil, imperial kandidatos and dioiketes of Sarde.


Sardeis (modern Sart), was capital of Lydia and seat of a metropolitan, attested since 325. The non-hellenic name appears on seals as well as in the notitiae in two main forms, the classical Σάρδεις, -εων, and the popular Σάρδη, ἦς, or non-declined Σάρδης (whenever in doubt, we have restored the classical form). From the seals we learn that it was also a fiscal center. See Laurent, Corpus V/1, 260-61 (add Zacos, Seals II, nos. 670, 869); Zgusta, 541-42; C. Foss, Byzantine and Turkish Sardis (Cambridge, Mass., 1976); Brandes, Städte, 86-88; ODB III, 1843.