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Basil Doukas Kamateros, brother-in-law of the emperor (1195-1203)

 
 

Obverse

Inscription of six lines. Thick linear border.

σιλιο.
υσυκλσ
κνουσ
κικμτ
υτνκτοσ
υσονν

Βασίλειος φὺς εὐκλεοῦς Δουκῶν γένους καὶ Καματηρῶν, αὐτάνακτος Αὐσόνων

Reverse

Inscription of eight lines. Thick linear border.

..νι
κλοσ
νγρισ
κιπρκτοις
ττ
τοντυπν
σκλιθρον
ρι

γυναικαδελφός, ἐν γραφαῖς καὶ πρακτέοις τῶν γραμμάτων τὸν τύπων ὡς κλίθρον φέρει

Obverse

Inscription of six lines. Thick linear border.

σιλιο.
υσυκλσ
κνουσ
κικμτ
υτνκτοσ
υσονν

Βασίλειος φὺς εὐκλεοῦς Δουκῶν γένους καὶ Καματηρῶν, αὐτάνακτος Αὐσόνων

Reverse

Inscription of eight lines. Thick linear border.

..νι
κλοσ
νγρισ
κιπρκτοις
ττ
τοντυπν
σκλιθρον
ρι

γυναικαδελφός, ἐν γραφαῖς καὶ πρακτέοις τῶν γραμμάτων τὸν τύπων ὡς κλίθρον φέρει

Accession number BZS.1955.1.3819
Diameter 36.0 mm
Previous Editions

Oikonomides, Dated Seals, no. 127; Zacos-Veglery, no. 2750; cf. Wassiliou-Seibt, Siegel mit metrischen Legenden I, no. 187a.

Translation

Βασίλειος φὺς εὐκλεοῦς Δουκῶν γένους καὶ Καματηρῶν, αὐτάνακτος Αὐσόνων γυναικαδελφός, ἐν γραφαῖς καὶ πρακτέοις τῶν γραμμάτων τὸν τύπων ὡς κλίθρον φέρει.

Offspring of the illustrious Doukas and Kamateros families, brother-in-law of the emperor of the Romans, Basil presents this inscribed seal as the lock on his correspondence and acts.

Commentary

This must be the brother of Euphrosyne Doukaina, the wife of the emperor Alexios III Angelos (1195-1203). The inscription consists of four dodecasyllabic verses.