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Leo domestikos of the Church of Syracuse (eighth/ninth century)

Accession number BZS.1947.2.161
Diameter 30 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 1, no. 10.2.
Laurent, Corpus V/1, no. 890.


Cruciform invocative monogram (type V); in the quarters: ΤΣ|ΔΛ. Indeterminate border.

Θεοτόκε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ


Inscription of four lines. Indeterminate border.


Λέοντι δομεστίκῳ κκλησίας Συρακουσῶν


Θεοτόκε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ Λέοντι δομεστίκῳ Ἐκκλησίας Συρακουσῶν.

Theotokos, help your servant Leo domestikos of the Church of Syracuse.


Laurent mistakenly read line 4 of the reverse inscription as Συρρακ(ουσῶν).

Domestikoi were chanters or conductors of church choirs (see Darrouzès, Offikia, 119 and 273; and Oikonomides, Listes, 176 and note 165). As Laurent supposes, Leo would have exercised this function at the cathedral of Syracuse.

Syracuse (modern Siracusa) is located in eastern Sicily. Initially seat of a bishop subordinate to Rome, it was attached to Constantinople in the eighth century and elevated by the patriarch to the rank of archbishopric, then of metropolis (of Sicily) around the year 800. See Laurent, Corpus V/1, 691.