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Leo bishop of Mylasa (eleventh century)

 
 

Obverse

Bust of the Virgin holding Christ. On either side the sigla:  ̅ΡΘ̅Υ : Μήτηρ Θεοῦ. Border of dots.

Reverse

Inscription of four lines, decorations above and below. Border of dots.

 
ΛΕΟΝΤ,
ΕΠΗΣΚΟΠ,
ΜΥΛ.Σ

Λέοντος ἐπησκόπου Μυλάσων

Obverse

Bust of the Virgin holding Christ. On either side the sigla:  ̅ΡΘ̅Υ : Μήτηρ Θεοῦ. Border of dots.

Reverse

Inscription of four lines, decorations above and below. Border of dots.

 
ΛΕΟΝΤ,
ΕΠΗΣΚΟΠ,
ΜΥΛ.Σ

Λέοντος ἐπησκόπου Μυλάσων

Accession number BZS.1955.1.4654
Diameter 29.0 mm; field: 23.0 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 2, no. 71.2.
Cf. similar seal in the Seyrig collection (Laurent, Corpus V/1, no. 522 bis; Seyrig, no. 259).

Translation

Λέοντος ἐπησκόπου Μυλάσων.

(Seal of) Leo, bishop of Mylasa.

Commentary

Mylasa (ἡ Μύλασα or τὰ Μύλασα [this is the antique form, Zgusta, 406]: modern Milâs) was a bishopric suffragan to Aphrodisias/Stauroupolis as early as the 5th century; its representatives attended the councils of 787, 869, and 879. It appears in all notitiae from the 7th to the 13th century. In the 12th century, it became the center of the theme "of Mylasa and Melanoudion." See Laurent, Corpus V/1, 384; Fedalto, 200; REB 29 (1971) 309-12; ODB II, 1428.