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Basil horreiarios of Paphos (tenth/eleventh century)

Accession number BZS.1947.2.312
Diameter 20 mm
Condition Rusted.
Previous Editions

DO Seals 2, no. 39.1a.

Obverse

Bust of St. Menas orans. Inscription in two columns: ΙΝΑ,: Ὁ ἅγιος Μινᾶς. Traces of a circular inscription along the circumference. Border of dots.

Κύριε βοήθει ? τῷ σῷ

Reverse

Inscription of four lines, preceded and followed by a row of pellets. Border of dots.


ασι
λειορι
αριπ
αφου

Βασιλείῳ ὁριαρίῳ Πάφου

Translation

Κύριε βοήθει τῷ σῷ Βασιλείῳ ὁριαρίῳ Πάφου.

Lord, help your servant Basil horreiarios of Paphos.

Commentary

The presence of an horreiarios in Paphos shows that the city had become an important center of concentration of agricultural produce. In fact other sources show that the region of Paphos produced cereals as well as wine and vegetables (Malamut, Iles, 387, 390, 411).

Paphos (modern Nea Paphos), an ancient city and bishopric (attested in 325). The region may have  been occupied by the Arabs from the 7th century to 965. Our seals show that the city did not wait for the 12th century to flourish in a Byzantine milieu but instead quickly became a place of concentration of agricultural produce and the seat of bishop. See Darrouzès, Notitiae, no. 3, line 165; no. 10, line 764; Laurent, Corpus V/2, 314-15; J. Darrouzès, "Textes synodaux chypriotes, REB 37 (1979) 23-30; Malamut, Iles, passim, esp. 253-55.

Accession number BZS.1947.2.312
Diameter 20 mm
Condition Rusted.
Previous Editions

DO Seals 2, no. 39.1a.

Notes

Accession number BZS.1947.2.312
Diameter 20 mm
Condition Rusted.
Previous Editions

DO Seals 2, no. 39.1a.