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Leo ostiarios, son (or protégé) of the kanikleiou (tenth century)

Accession Number:
BZS.1958.106.1107

Details

Diameter:
26 mm
Condition:
Note that someone has inked in letters on the reverse, presumably to make them more legible.

Obverse

Leo ostiarios, son (or protégé) of the kanikleiou (tenth century)

Indistinct bust, likely the Virgin holding the medallion. Indeterminate border.

Reverse

Leo ostiarios, son (or protégé) of the kanikleiou (tenth century)

Inscription of four lines, preceded and followed by a decoration. Border of dots.


λεν
.στιαρ
.οντ.
ανικλ,

Λέωντα στιάριον τὸν τοῦ κανικλείου

Translation

Λέωντα ὀστιάριον τὸν τοῦ κανικλείου.

Leo ostiarios, son (or protégé) of the (epi tou) kanikleiou.

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Commentary

The reading of this seal is by no means straightforward. It could also be read Λέωντα ὀστιάριον τοῦ κανικλείου, but this finds no support in the sources which do not mention any such ostiarios of the kanikleion. In fact, the epi tou kanikleiou had no subordinates: Listes, 121. The reading we give here suggests that Leo was the son or protégé of the epi tou kanikleiou, a more likely but not ironclad hypothesis.

 

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