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Leo protospatharios and strategos of Melitene (tenth century)

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.2576
Diameter 21 mm
Condition Corroded.
Previous Editions

DO Seals 4, no. 68.7.


Bust of the Virgin holding a medallion before her. Sigla: μ̅-θ̅ : Μ(ήτηρ) Θ(εοῦ). Circular inscription within a border of dots:


[Κύριε βο]ήθ(ει) τῷ σῷ δούλ(ῳ)


Inscription of four lines, a row of pellets above. Border of dots.


Λέοντ(ι) (πρωτο)σπαθ(αρίῳ) (καὶ) στρα[ηγῷ Με]λιτ(ηνῆς)


Κύριε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ Λέοντι πρωτοσπαθαρίῳ καὶ στραηγῷ Μελιτηνῆς.

Lord, help your servant Leo, protospatharios and strategos of Melitene.


The owner cannot be identified with Leo Tornikios who was strategos of Melitene in the first half of the eleventh century, nor with Leo Lampros who was deposed from that position in 1043 (Skylitzes, 430).