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Basil archbishop of Selge (tenth century)

Accession Number:
BZS.1958.106.207

Previous Editions

DO Seals 2, no. 77.1a.
Laurent, Corpus V/1, no. 840.

Details

Diameter:
15 mm

Obverse

Basil archbishop of Selge (tenth century)

Bust of the Virgin holding Christ before her. On either side the sigla: ̅ΘΥ̅ : Μήτηρ Θεοῦ. Remains of a circular inscription. No border visible.

.........ΤΣΔΟΥΛ

Θεοτόκε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ

Reverse

Basil archbishop of Selge (tenth century)

Inscription of four lines, a decoration consisting of a triangular device between tendrils below. Border of dots.

ΑΣΙΛ
ΕΙΑΡΧΙ
ΕΠΙΣΚΟΠ
ΣΕΛΓΙΣ


Βασιλείῳ ἀρχιεπισκόπῳ Σέλγις

Translation

Θεοτόκε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ Βασιλείῳ ἀρχιεπισκόπῳ Σέλγις.

Mother of God, help your servant Basil, archbishop of Selge.

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Commentary

This is one of six specimens from the same boulloterion and its edition is based on the readings of the parallels listed below.

Selge (today Zerk/Altınkaya) was a bishopric suffragan of Side from at least the 5th century; in the early 9th century, it was elevated to the rank of archbishopric and is attested as such in all notitiae. See Laurent, Corpus V/1, 652 (add Zacos, Seals II, no. 570); Fedalto, 244-45; Brandes, Städte, 128; Zgusta, 551-52.

 

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