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Basil bishop of Nyssa (tenth century)

Accession number BZS.1947.2.119
Diameter 18 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 4, no. 82.1.

Laurent, Corpus V/1, no. 249.


Cross potent on three steps, with fleurons rising to the horizontal bar. Circular inscription. Border of dots.


Κ(ύρι)ε βοήθ(ει) τῷ σῷ δ(ούλῳ)


Inscription of four lines, followed by a row of pellets. Border of dots.


Βασιλείῳ ἐπισκόπ(ῳ) Νύσση(ς)


Κύριε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ Βασιλείῳ ἐπισκόπῳ Νύσσης.

Lord, help your servant Basil, bishop of Nyssa.


There were three bishoprics named Nyssa, all three attested in the Notitiae from the sixth to the thirteenth century, and subordinate to the metropoleis of Kaisareia, of Ephesos and of Myra (cf. Darrouzès, Notitiae, index, s.v.). The first of the three (today Büyük and Küçük Kale tepe) is better known because of its bishop Gregory, the brother of St. Basil, and because it is mentioned as a topoteresia attached to the theme of Charsianon. See Laurent, Corpus V/1, 174; List of bishops in Fedalto, HEO I, 27; Hild-Restle, Kappadokien, 246-248; ODB III, 1506-7.