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Leo bishop of Prousias (ninth/tenth century)

Accession number BZS.1955.1.4655
Diameter 17 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 4, no. 9.2.


Bust of the Virgin holding a medallion of Christ before her. Circular inscription, beginning at seven o'clock. Border of dots.


Θ(εοτό)κε βοήθ(ει) τῷ σ[ῷ δούλῳ]


Inscription of four lines. Border of dots.


Λέοντ(ι) ἐπισκόπῳ Προυσιάδ(ος)


Θεοτόκε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ Λέοντι ἐπισκόπῳ Προυσιάδος.

Mother of God, help your servant Leo, bishop of Prousias.


A parallel specimen is published by Konstantopoulos, no. 163 = Schlumberger in REG 4 (1891) 122 = Schlumberger, Mélanges, no. 51 = Laurent, Corpus V/1, no. 477. As Laurent pointed out, this may well be Leo of Prousias who attended the council of 879-880 (Mansi, XVIIA, col. 377D–E).

Prousias (today Konuralp, formerly Üsküb) on the right bank of the Milan Çay, is attested as a suffragan bishopric of Klaudioupolis from the VIIIth to the XIIIth centuries (Darrouzès, Notitiae, no. 3, l. 334; no. 13, l. 237). See Paphlagonien, 264-266; Laurent, Corpus V/1, 350. List of bishops in Fedalto, HEO I, 93.