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Basil (metropolitan) of Side (twelfth century)

Accession Number:
BZS.1958.106.366

Previous Editions

DO Seals 2, no. 78.2.

Details

Diameter:
17 mm
Condition:
Chipped along circumference.

Obverse

Basil (metropolitan) of Side (twelfth century)

Inscription of three lines. Border of dots.

ΣΦΡΑ
ΓΑΣΣΦΡ/
ΓΙΖ

Σφραγὰς σφραγίζω

Reverse

Basil (metropolitan) of Side (twelfth century)

Inscription of three lines. Border of dots.

ΤΣΙ
ΔΗΣΑ
ΣΙΛ

τοῦ Σίδης Βασιλείου

Translation

Σφραγὰς σφραγίζω τοῦ Σίδης Βασιλείου.

I seal the letters of Basil (metropolitan) of Side.

Audio

Commentary

Poor craftsmanship. The inscription is dodecasyllabic. The first word, σφραγάς, is an error for γραφάς.

Side (today Selimiye, previously also called Eski Antalya, at 7 km from Manavgat) was a major late antique city, metropolis of Pamphylia first attested in 451, and appearing as such in all notitiae from the 7th century onward. The city declined after the 7th century and was seemingly abandoned in the 11th, probably in favor of Attaleia (which, from bishopric, became [1084] metropolis), but "titular" metropolitans of Side continued being appointed. See Laurent, Corpus V/1, 293-94; Fedalto, 238; Brandes, Städte, 102-3; ODB III, 1892.

 

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