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Basil bishop of Stroumitza (eleventh/twelfth century)

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.487
Diameter 22 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 1, no. 35.1.
Laurent, Corpus V/2, no. 1508.

Obverse

The Virgin seated on a backless throne holding medallion of Christ. Sigla: ̅ΘΥ̅: Μήτηρ Θεοῦ. Border of dots.

Reverse

Inscription of five lines, seemingly a cross above. Border of dots.

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ΣΤΡΜΙ
.ΖΗΣΑΣΙ
ΛΕΙΟΝΑΓ
.ΚΕΠΕΑΡ
.ΙΕΡΗΑ

Τὸν ? Στρουμίτζης Βασίλειον, Ἁγνή, σκέπε ἀρχιερῆα

Translation

Τὸν Στρουμίτζης Βασίλειον, Ἁγνή, σκέπε ἀρχιερῆα.

Pure One, protect Basil, bishop of Stroumitza.

Commentary

The reverse inscription is a pseudo-fifteen syllable verse; however, the last word, ἀρχιερῆα, is not satisfactory.

The original name of this see was Tiberioupolis. A bishop Theoktistos may have been present at the Photian synod of 879/80. The earliest certain mention of the bishopric, a suffragan of Ohrid, is in a charter of 1020. Cf. Laurent, Corpus V/2, 335.

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.487
Diameter 22 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 1, no. 35.1.
Laurent, Corpus V/2, no. 1508.

Notes

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.487
Diameter 22 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 1, no. 35.1.
Laurent, Corpus V/2, no. 1508.

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