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Leo patrikios and strategos of Thrakesioi (eighth century)

Accession number BZS.1958.106.3156
Diameter 25 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 3, no. 2.43.

Zacos-Veglery, no. 2132. A similar seal is published by Schlumberger, RN (1916) 33, no. 298; cf. Laurent, Byzantion 5 (1929/30) 637, no. 7.


Cruciform invocative monogram (type V); in the four quarters: τ-σ|-λ. No visible border.


Inscription of six lines. No visible border.


Λέοντι πατρι[κ]ίῳ (καὶ) στρατηγῷ τῶν Θρᾳκησίων.


Θεοτόκε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ Λέοντι πατρικίῳ καὶ στρατηγῷ τῶν Θρᾳκησίων.

Mother of God, help your servant Leo, patrikios and strategos of Thrakesioi.


A patrikios and strategos of the Thrakesioi named Leo was killed by the Bulgars in 758/759 (Theophanes I, 431). Another strategos named Leo, but with the lower title of protospatharios, lived some time after the present seal was struck (SBS 3 [1993] 171). Other eighth-century officials of the Thrakesion named Leo have been compiled by W. Seibt, "Drei byzantinische Bleisiegel aus Ephesos, " Litterae Numismaticae Vindobonenses Roberto Goebl Dedicatae (Vienna, 1979), 148-51.