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Leo protospatharios and strategos of Melitene (tenth century)

 
 

Obverse

Bust of the Virgin holding a medallion before her. Sigla: μ̅-θ̅ : Μ(ήτηρ) Θ(εοῦ). Circular inscription within a border of dots:

...ηθ,τσδουλ

[Κύριε βο]ήθ(ει) τῷ σῷ δούλ(ῳ)

Reverse

Inscription of four lines, a row of pellets above. Border of dots.


+λεον
ταˊσπαθˊ
τρατ.
..λιτ,

Λέοντ(ι) (πρωτο)σπαθ(αρίῳ) (καὶ) στρα[ηγῷ Με]λιτ(ηνῆς)

Obverse

Bust of the Virgin holding a medallion before her. Sigla: μ̅-θ̅ : Μ(ήτηρ) Θ(εοῦ). Circular inscription within a border of dots:

...ηθ,τσδουλ

[Κύριε βο]ήθ(ει) τῷ σῷ δούλ(ῳ)

Reverse

Inscription of four lines, a row of pellets above. Border of dots.


+λεον
ταˊσπαθˊ
τρατ.
..λιτ,

Λέοντ(ι) (πρωτο)σπαθ(αρίῳ) (καὶ) στρα[ηγῷ Με]λιτ(ηνῆς)

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.2576
Diameter 21.0 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 4, no. 68.7.

Translation

Κύριε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ Λέοντι πρωτοσπαθαρίῳ καὶ στραηγῷ Μελιτηνῆς.

Lord, help your servant Leo, protospatharios and strategos of Melitene.

Commentary

The owner cannot be identified with Leo Tornikios who was strategos of Melitene in the first half of the eleventh century, nor with Leo Lampros who was deposed from that position in 1043 (Skylitzes, 430).