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Leontios imperial spatharokandidatos and ek prosopou of the Kibyrraiotai (ninth century)

 
 

Obverse

Cruciform invocative monogram (type V); in the quarters: ΤΣ|ΔΛ. Wreath border.

Θεοτόκε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ

Reverse

Inscription of five lines. Wreath border.

ΕΝ
.ΙΒ/ΣΠ/
ΝΔ/ΕΚ
.ΟΣ/Τ/Κ
ΥΡΕΟ/

Λεωντίῳ βασιλικῷ σπαθαροκανδιδάτῳ καὶ ἐκ προσώπου τῶν Κιβυρεοτῶν

Obverse

Cruciform invocative monogram (type V); in the quarters: ΤΣ|ΔΛ. Wreath border.

Θεοτόκε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ

Reverse

Inscription of five lines. Wreath border.

ΕΝ
.ΙΒ/ΣΠ/
ΝΔ/ΕΚ
.ΟΣ/Τ/Κ
ΥΡΕΟ/

Λεωντίῳ βασιλικῷ σπαθαροκανδιδάτῳ καὶ ἐκ προσώπου τῶν Κιβυρεοτῶν

Accession number BZS.1958.106.2397
Diameter 28.0 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 2, no. 59.4.
Zacos-Veglery, no. 2668 (without deciphering the name).

Translation

Θεοτόκε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ Λεωντίῳ βασιλικῷ σπαθαροκανδιδάτῳ καὶ ἐκ προσώπου τῶν Κιβυρεοτῶν.

Theotokos, help your servant Leontios imperial spatharokandidatos and ek prosopou of the Kibyrraiotai.

Commentary

We know two more ek prosopou of the Kibyrraiotai, John (early ninth century) and Eustathios (early tenth); both were governors of the province and were considered strategoi without bearing the title: they were a kind of acting strategoi. Cf. the Life of St. Antonios the Younger in Papadopoulos-Kerameus I, 194-200, 202; De Adm. Imp., chap. 50, line 174 ff.