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Basil (Lekapenos), endoxotatos proedros of the Senate and parakoimomenos of the emperor (tenth century)

Accession number BZS.1947.2.828
Diameter 25 mm
Field diameter 20 mm
Previous Editions

Oikonomides, Dated Seals, no. 69.

Obverse

An inscription beginning within concentric circles of dots along the circumference and continuing in the five lines inscribed in the field.

..εοηθειασιλ... 

.ν..
..τατ
προερ
τησσυγ
κλητ

Κύριε βοήθει Βασιλείῳ ἐνδοξοτάτῳ προέδρῳ τῆς συγκλήτου

Reverse

Inscription of five lines. A border of pellets within borders of dots.

...
ρΑκοιμ.
μεντφι
λοχρ,εσ
ποτου

καὶ παρακοιμωμέν τοῦ φιλοχρίστου δεσπότου

Translation

Κύριε βοήθει Βασιλείῳ ἐνδοξοτάτῳ προέδρῳ τῆς συγκλήτου καὶ παρακοιμωμένῳ τοῦ φιλοχρίστου δεσπότου.

Lord, help Basil, most illustrious proedros of the Senate and parakoimomenos of the Christ-loving emperor.

Commentary

The owner of this seal was undoubtedly the eunuch Basil Lekapenos who was elevated to the rank of proedros of the Senate by the emperor Nikephoros II Phokas. Oikonomides reasoned that since the inscription mentions only one emperor, this seal should probably be dated between the accession of Phokas in 963 and the joint reign of Basil II and Constantine VIII that began in 976.

Accession number BZS.1947.2.828
Diameter 25 mm
Field diameter 20 mm
Previous Editions

Oikonomides, Dated Seals, no. 69.

Accession number BZS.1947.2.828
Diameter 25 mm
Field diameter 20 mm
Previous Editions

Oikonomides, Dated Seals, no. 69.

Notes

Accession number BZS.1947.2.828
Diameter 25 mm
Field diameter 20 mm
Previous Editions

Oikonomides, Dated Seals, no. 69.