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Basil archbishop of Apameia (tenth century)

Accession Number:
BZS.1955.1.5058

Previous Editions

DO Seals 3, no. 43.1a.

Laurent, Corpus V/3, no. 1810.

Details

Diameter:
25 mm
Condition:
Cracked on top at channel opening.

Obverse

Basil archbishop of Apameia (tenth century)

Bust of St. Basil blessing with his right hand and holding a book in his left hand. Circular inscription within two concentric circles of dots.

...ραρχα.υRασιλειε

[Ἱε]ράρχα [Χ(ριστο)]ῦ Βασίλειε

Reverse

Basil archbishop of Apameia (tenth century)

Inscription of five lines. Border of dots.

+μεμν
ησοRασι
λαρχιεπι.
κοπωα..
μεια.

μέμνησο Βασιλ(είῳ) ἀρχιπι[σ]κόπῳ Ἀ[πα]μεία[ς]

Translation

Ἱεράρχα Χριστοῦ Βασίλειε μέμνησο Βασιλείῳ ἀρχιπισκόπῳ Ἀπαμείας.

Basil, high priest of Christ, give heed to Basil, archbishop of Apameia.

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Commentary

This seal and BZS.1955.1.5057 are very similar, but not identical, and undoubtedly belonged to one person.

Apameia (close to modern Moudania) is located northwest of Broussa. It was a bishopric before 381, archbishopric before the mid-seventh century, metropolis between 1066 and 1071, and mentioned for the last time in 1318 (Darrouzès, Notitiae, 123, 126; Laurent, Corpus V/1, 616). It must be distinguished from the bishopric of Apameia of Pisidia.

 

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