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Leo imperial kommerkiarios and abydetikos of Thessalonica (eighth/ninth century)

Accession number BZS.1947.2.171
Diameter 25 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 1, no. 18.4a.
Zacos-Veglery, no. 3134.
Cf. Zacos-Veglery, no. 2101d.

Obverse

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

Θεοτόκε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ

Reverse

Inscription of six lines. Wreath border.

ΛΕΝ
ΤΟΣΒ/ΚΜ
ΕΡΚΗΡΙ
ΒΥΔΗΤΗΚ
ΘΕΣΣΛΟ
..ΚΗΣ

Λέοντος βασιλικοῦ κουμερκηαρίου καὶ ἀβυδητηκοῦ Θεσσαλονίκης

Translation

Θεοτόκε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ Λέοντος βασιλικοῦ κουμερκηαρίου καὶ ἀβυδητηκοῦ Θεσσαλονίκης.

Theotokos, help your servant Leo imperial kommerkiarios and abydetikos of Thessalonica.

Commentary

Several more seals of Leo imperial kommerkiarios and abydikos of Thessalonica have been published, all dating from the late eighth to the early ninth century (see the two-loop Β): in addition to DO Seals 1, no. 18.5 and those published by Zacos-Veglery, see Konstantopoulos, no. 5 [instead of ἀβυδικῷ βˊ we would propose ἀβυδικ]; Sig., 740; Pančenko, Katalog, no. 21 (uncertain reading; cf. Winkelmann, Ämterstruktur, 126). The form ἀβυδιτικός is uncommon; etymologically it is close to the verb ἀβυδίζω = to perform the function of the abydos, and consequently reinforces our interpretation concerning the abydos of Thessalonica. No certain identification for the owner of this seal can be proposed.

Accession number BZS.1947.2.171
Diameter 25 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 1, no. 18.4a.
Zacos-Veglery, no. 3134.
Cf. Zacos-Veglery, no. 2101d.

Notes

Accession number BZS.1947.2.171
Diameter 25 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 1, no. 18.4a.
Zacos-Veglery, no. 3134.
Cf. Zacos-Veglery, no. 2101d.