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Basil metropolitan of Philippoupolis (eleventh century)

Accession Number:
BZS.1955.1.4803

Previous Editions

DO Seals 1, no. 68.1.
Cf. Jordanov, Corpus I, no. 77.3. Laurent (Corpus V/1, no. 68) published a similar seal from the Museum at Antioch; cf. Laurent, Corpus V/3, Concordance, no. 687; another specimen is published in Zacos, Seals II, no. 381. The DO specimen is from the same boulloterion as the Jordanov specimen, but from a different one than the Antioch and Zacos seals.

Details

Diameter:
30 mm
Field:
23 mm

Obverse

Basil metropolitan of Philippoupolis (eleventh century)

Bust of St. Michael holding scepter ornamented with three balls and globus. Sigla: Μ|Ι: Μιχαήλ. Circular inscription, beginning at 12 o'clock, along the circumference between double border of dots.

ΚΕΟΗΘ,ΤΣΔΟΥΛΑΣΙΛΕΙ

Κύριε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ

Reverse

Basil metropolitan of Philippoupolis (eleventh century)

Bust of St. John the Theologian holding book. Inscription in two columns: |Ι̅|ΟΘ|Ε|ΟΛ|Γ,: Ὁ ἅγιος Ἰωάννης ὁ Θεολόγος. Circular inscription between double border of dots.

ΜΡΟΠΟΛΙΤΗΦΙΛΙΠΠΟΥΠ.ΛΕΣ

Βασιλείῳ μητροπολίτῃ Φιλιππουπόλεως

Translation

Κύριε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ Βασιλείῳ μητροπολίτῃ Φιλιππουπόλεως.

Lord, help your servant Basil metropolitan of Phlippoupolis.

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Commentary

The owner of this seal may well be identical to the metropolitan of 1092 (Grumel, Regestes, nos. 963 and 965), as suggested by Laurent.

Modern Plovdiv, Bulgaria. Philippoupolis, so named already in the second century B.C. after Philip II of Macedonia, also had Philip the Deacon as its patron saint (cf. DO Seals 1, no. 68.2). From the fourth century on, it was an important administrative center and ecclesiastical metropolis. See Zakythinos, Mélétai 18 (1948) 60-61; Laurent, Corpus V/1, 518-19; Asdracha, Rhodopespassim, esp. 154-62.

 

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