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Leo imperial (?) spatharios and protonotarios of Chaldia (ninth/tenth century)

 
 

Obverse

Patriarchal cross on three steps. Circular inscription within concentric circles of dots:

κεRοηθειτσδουλ,

Κ(ύρι)ε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλ(ῳ)

Reverse

Inscription of four lines. Border of dots.

+λεοντ,
.σπαθαρ,
Sα,τονοτ,
χαλδια,

Λέοντ(ι) [β(ασιλικῷ)?] σπαθαρ(ίῳ) (καὶ) (πρω)τονοτ(αρίῳ) Χαλδία(ς)

Obverse

Patriarchal cross on three steps. Circular inscription within concentric circles of dots:

κεRοηθειτσδουλ,

Κ(ύρι)ε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλ(ῳ)

Reverse

Inscription of four lines. Border of dots.

+λεοντ,
.σπαθαρ,
Sα,τονοτ,
χαλδια,

Λέοντ(ι) [β(ασιλικῷ)?] σπαθαρ(ίῳ) (καὶ) (πρω)τονοτ(αρίῳ) Χαλδία(ς)

Accession number BZS.1958.106.3499
Diameter 19.0 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 4, no. 32.34a.

Translation

Κύριε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ Λέοντι βασιλικῷ σπαθαρίῳ καὶ πρωτονοταρίῳ Χαλδίας.

Lord, help your servant Leo, imperial spatharios and protonotarios of Chaldia.

Commentary

This seal and BZS.1958.106.3574 seem to come from the same boulloterion. Both blanks seem to come from a mould with one straight side.

Leo's title could as well be restored as (πρωτο)σπαθαρ(ίῳ).