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Leo bishop of Demetrias (tenth century)

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.2318
Diameter 20 mm
Condition Badly corroded.
Previous Editions

DO Seals 2, no. 12.2.
Laurent, Corpus V/1, no. 677.


Patriarchal cross (an X at the intersection of the lower bar) with pellets at each end. It stands on three "reversed" steps: the larger on top, the smaller at the bottom) that rest on a globe; tendrils arising from base beyond first crossbar. In upper field, the inscription: ΙΣ̅ΧΣ̅ : Ἰησοῦς Χριστός. Along a border of dots, part of a circular inscription.


Κύριε βοήθει τῷ σο δούλο


Inscription of four lines. Border of dots.


Λέοντι ἐπισκόπ Διμητριάδος


Κύριε βοήθει τῷ σο δούλο Λέοντι ἐπισκόπῳ Διμητριάδος.

Lord, help your servant Leo, bishop of Demetrias.


The modern Demetrias, 2 km to the southwest of and opposite Volos. Important port of the Pagasetikos, attested throughout the Middle Ages, repeatedly sacked by the Arabs and the Bulgarians in the 10th-11th centuries. It had its own administration, an archon, and was the seat of a bishop, suffragan of Larissa, first mentioned in the 5th century.

See Koder-Hild, Hellas, 144-45; Laurent, Corpus V/1, 511; Szemioth-Wasilewski, no. 71; Fedalto, 461-63.