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Leo bishop of Leontopolis (eleventh century)

Accession Number:
BZS.1958.106.302

Previous Editions

DO Seals 4, no. 28.1.

Details

Diameter:
18 mm
Condition:
Blank too small for die.

Obverse

Leo bishop of Leontopolis (eleventh century)

Bust of the Virgin orans with a medallion of Christ before her. No visible epigraphy or border.

Reverse

Leo bishop of Leontopolis (eleventh century)

Inscription of six lines. No visible border.

σδ
λεοντιε
σκοπ,λε
ντοπο
λεοσ

[Κ(ύρι)ε β(οή)θ(ει) τ]ῷ σῷ δού[λ(ῳ)] Λέοντι ἐ[πι]σκόπ(ῳ) Λε[ο]ντοπόλεος

Translation

Κύριε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ Λέοντι ἐπισκόπῳ Λεοντοπόλεος.

Lord, help your servant Leo, bishop of Leontopolis.

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Commentary

Today Alaçam, near the Black Sea coast between Samsun and Sinop. Also known as Zalichos or Zalekon, Leontopolis is first mentioned as a suffragan bishopric of Amaseia in the sixth century and, although declining, survived until the thirteenth. Laurent, Corpus V/1, 312; Bryer-Winfield, 89-90; Mikra Asia them., 148. List of bishops in Fedalto, HEO I, 83-84, to which Leo should be added.

 

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