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Leo imperial protospatharios and strategos of Hellas (ninth century)

 
 

Obverse

Patriarchal cross on three steps. Linear border. Along the circumference inscription.

ΚΕΟΗΘΕ.ΤΣΔΟΥΛ.

Κύριε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλ

Reverse

Inscription of five lines. No visible border.

ΛΕΟΝ
ΤΣΠ
ΘΡΣΤ
ΡΤ,Γ,ΕΛ
ΔΟ 

Λέοντι βασιλικῷ πρωτοσπαθαρίῳ καὶ στρατηγ Ἑλάδος

Obverse

Patriarchal cross on three steps. Linear border. Along the circumference inscription.

ΚΕΟΗΘΕ.ΤΣΔΟΥΛ.

Κύριε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλ

Reverse

Inscription of five lines. No visible border.

ΛΕΟΝ
ΤΣΠ
ΘΡΣΤ
ΡΤ,Γ,ΕΛ
ΔΟ 

Λέοντι βασιλικῷ πρωτοσπαθαρίῳ καὶ στρατηγ Ἑλάδος

Accession number BZS.1947.2.90
Diameter 21.0 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 2, no. 8.48.

Translation

Κύριε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ Λέοντι βασιλικῷ πρωτοσπαθαρίῳ καὶ στρατηγῷ Ἑλάδος.

Lord, help your servant Leo, imperial protospatharios and strategos of Hellas.

Commentary

Seals similar but of later date are published by Konstantopoulos, no. 45; G. Schlumberger, "Sceaux byzantins inédits," RN 9 (1905) 322, no. 205; and Zacos, Seals II, no. 218. We know of Leo Kotzes, imperial protospatharios and strategos of Hellas, mentioned in a Parthenon inscription; he died in August 848 and was probably buried on the Acropolis (Orlandos-Branouses, no. 164); he could have been the owner of our seal, the epigraphy of which shows remarkable similarity with that of patriarch Methodios (8430847: Dated Seals, no. 50).