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Basil archipoimen (=metropolitan) of Larissa (twelfth century)

Accession Number:
BZS 1958.106.11

Previous Editions

DO Seals 2, no. 17.1.
Laurent, Corpus V/1, no. 676.

Details

Diameter:
37 mm
Field:
31 mm

Obverse

Basil archipoimen (=metropolitan) of Larissa (twelfth century)

St. Achillios standing, blessing (r. hand) and holding a book (l. hand). On either side a cruciform inscription: Ο|ΑΓΙ|Ο|ΣΑ|ΛΛΧΟΣ|Ι to be read first vertically and then horizontally, much in the way that the sign of the cross is made in the Orthodox church: ὁ ἅγιος Ἁχίλλιος. Border of dots.

Reverse

Basil archipoimen (=metropolitan) of Larissa (twelfth century)

Inscription of seven lines followed by a row of dots. Border of dots.

ΕΠΙ
ΣΦΡΑΓΙΖΟΙΣ
ΤΑΣΓΡΑΦΑΣ
ΑΣΙΛΕΙΤ
ΤΗΣΛΑΡΙΣΣΗΣ
ΑΡΧΙΠΟΙΜΕ
ΝΟΣΜΑΚΑΡ

Ἐπισφραγίζοις τὰς γραφὰς Βασιλείου τοῦ τῆς Λαρίσσης ἀρχιποίμενος, μάκαρ

Translation

Ἐπισφραγίζοις τὰς γραφὰς Βασιλείου τοῦ τῆς Λαρίσσης ἀρχιποίμενος, μάκαρ.

Blessed one, may you add your seal to the letters of Basil, metropolitan of Larissa.

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Commentary

The inscription consists of two twelve-syllable verses. On the second last line of the reverse, an extra letter sigma (Σ) may be evidence that this specimen is overstruck.

The see of Larissa (same name today) dates from the 4th century and is mentioned as a metropolis with its suffragans in all the notitiae. See Laurent, Corpus V/1, 508 ff (and Lihačev, Molivdovully, 178, no. 5); Avramea, 124 ff, 191 ff; Koder-Hild, Hellas, 198-99; Fedalto, 458-60.

 

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