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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.

Obverse

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

.θκRοηθτσ.......

Θ(εοτό)κε βοήθ(ει) τῷ σ[ῷ δούλῳ]

Reverse

Inscription of four lines. Border of dots.

λεο
ντ/επισ
κοππ
ρσιαδ

Λέοντ(ι) ἐπισκόπῳ Προυσιάδ(ος)

Translation

Θεοτόκε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ Λέοντι ἐπισκόπῳ Προυσιάδος.

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

Commentary

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.

Accession number BZS.1955.1.4655
Diameter 17 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 4, no. 9.2.

Notes

Accession number BZS.1955.1.4655
Diameter 17 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 4, no. 9.2.

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