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Basil bishop of Tenos (eleventh/twelfth century)

Accession Number:
BZS.1955.1.5008

Previous Editions

DO Seals 2, no. 57.1a.
Laurent, Corpus V/3, no. 1774.

Details

Diameter:
22 mm
Field:
17 mm

Obverse

Basil bishop of Tenos (eleventh/twelfth century)

Bust of St. Basil blessing and holding Gospels. On either side, the inscription: ||ΑΣ|Ι|Λ: ὁ ἅγιος Βασίλειος. Border of dots.

Σφραγὶς Βασιλείου

Reverse

Basil bishop of Tenos (eleventh/twelfth century)

Inscription of five lines. Border of dots.

ΣΦΡ
ΓΙΣΣΙ
ΛΕΙΕΠΙ
ΣΚΟΠΟΥ
ΤΙΝ

ἐπισκόπου Τίνου

Translation

Σφραγὶς Βασιλείου ἐπισκόπου Τίνου.

Seal of Basil, bishop of Tenos.

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Commentary

Two six-syllable verses. Cf. DO Seals 1, no. 52.1 and 57.3.

Tenos, an island, a suffragan bishopric of Rhodes, is attested as such in all the notitiae. It seems that it was also a military center, for we know the seal of one topoteretes of Tenos (SBS 2 [1990] 256; Zacos-Veglery, no. 1708). See Laurent, Corpus V/3, 122; Fedalto, 223; Malamut, Iles, 213, 312.

 

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