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Leo spatharokandidatos, asekretis, and judge of Calabria (tenth/eleventh century)

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.2060
Diameter 27 mm
Condition Chipped at top and corroded.
Previous Editions

DO Seals 1, no. 4.9.

Obverse

Half-length bust of bishop-saint (likely St. Nicholas), holding a book. Border of dots.

Reverse

Inscription in six lines, with decoration below. Border of dots.

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..οντι
...θˋρ,κˋ,
..κρητ,S
..ιτ,κα.
αρ


[Κ(ύρι)ε β(όη)θ(ει) Λέ]οντι [σπα]θ(α)ρ(ο)κ(αν)δ(ι)δ(άτῳ), [ἀση]κρῆτ(ις) (καὶ) [κρ]ιτ(ῇ) Κα[λ]αβρ(ίας)

Translation

Κύριε βόηθει Λέοντι σπαθαροκανδιδάτῳ, ἀσηκρῆτις καὶ κριτῇ Καλαβρίας.

Lord, help Leon spatharokandidatos, asekretis, and judge of Calabria.

Commentary

The owner of this seal may be identical to a certain Leo, σπαθαροκανδιδᾶτος, κριτὴς Λογγιβαρδίας καὶ Καλαβρίας, who is mentioned in a document from the first half of the eleventh century. See Falkenhasuen, Dominazione, 125 and note 132.