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Michael Lizix asekretis and judge of Iberia (eleventh century)

Accession Number:
BZS.1958.106.865

Previous Editions

DO Seals 4, no. 75.4.

Details

Diameter:
26 mm
Condition:
Chipped and corroded.

Obverse

Michael Lizix asekretis and judge of Iberia (eleventh century)

Bust of St. Michael holding a scepter in his right hand. Remains of an inscription on left: χ|α. : [ὁ Μι]χα(ήλ). Border of dots.

Reverse

Michael Lizix asekretis and judge of Iberia (eleventh century)

Inscription of six lines. Border of dots.

κε..
σδμι
ασηκρητ
Sκριτ,ιRη
ριαστλι
.ικι

Κ(ύρι)ε [β(οή)θ(ει) τ]ῷ σῷ δ(ούλῳ) Μι[χ(αὴλ)] ἀσηκρῆτ(ις) (καὶ) κριτ(ῇ) Ἰβηρίας τῷ Λί[ζ]ικι

Translation

Κύριε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ Μιχαὴλ ἀσηκρῆτις καὶ κριτῇ Ἰβηρίας τῷ Λίζικι.

Lord, help your servant Michael Lizix, asekretis and judge of Iberia.

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Commentary

Lizix is attested as a first name in the VIIIth c. (Laurent, Corpus II, no. 691) and as a family name in the XIth-XIIth (S. G. Mercati, “Versi di Basilio Cecaumeno in morte di Anastasio Lizix,” SBN 1 [1925] 149-166; cf. P. Gautier, “Monodies inédites de Michel Psellos,” REB 36 [1978] 86-91). A Michael Lizix is attested in the twelfth century, while Psellos a century earlier mentions an Anastasios Lizix and another one whose first name is not known and who must have been an asekretis, since Psellos dictated a pittakion to him (Sathas, MB V, 241). No secure identification is possible.

 

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