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Leo kouboukleisios and dioiketes of Sinope [and Ionopolis?] (eleventh century)

 
 

Obverse

Bust of a beardless saint (Eleutherios) holding a martyr's cross in his right hand. Vertical inscription: α|γ-λ|θε|ι : [Ὁ] ἅγ[ιος Ἐ]λ[ευ]θέ[ρ]ι[ος]. Border of dots.

Reverse

Inscription of five lines, a decoration below. Border of dots.

λεο.
κRκλ.
..διυκη
..σινοπ.
ινπ΄.

Λέο[ν(τι)] κουβουκλ[ησ(ίῳ) (καὶ)] διυκη[τῇ] Σινόπ[ης (καὶ)] Ἰνουπ(ό)[λ(εως)].

Obverse

Bust of a beardless saint (Eleutherios) holding a martyr's cross in his right hand. Vertical inscription: α|γ-λ|θε|ι : [Ὁ] ἅγ[ιος Ἐ]λ[ευ]θέ[ρ]ι[ος]. Border of dots.

Reverse

Inscription of five lines, a decoration below. Border of dots.

λεο.
κRκλ.
..διυκη
..σινοπ.
ινπ΄.

Λέο[ν(τι)] κουβουκλ[ησ(ίῳ) (καὶ)] διυκη[τῇ] Σινόπ[ης (καὶ)] Ἰνουπ(ό)[λ(εως)].

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.1994
Diameter 17.0 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 4, no. 31.1.

Translation

Λέοντι κουβουκλησίῳ καὶ διυκητῇ Σινόπης καὶ Ἰνουπόλεως.

Leo, kouboukleisios and dioiketes of Sinope and of Ionopolis.

Commentary

The title κουβουκλήσιος indicates that Leo was a cleric. The end of the inscription could contain a second place-name or the family name of Leo. We propose καὶ Οἰνουπόλεως in view of the port of Ionopolis (Inebolu) to the west of Sinope (cf. Belke, Paphlagonien und Honorias, [Vienna, 1996] 219-21), but a restoration τῷ Οἰνουπολίτῃ, indicating a person originating from Ionopolis, would be equally probable.

Sinope (the modern Sinop) is a port located on the Black Sea to the west of the Halys River. It is listed as a suffragan bishopric of Amaseia until the early fourteenth century. See ODB III, 1904; Bryer-Winfield, Pontos, 69-88; Mikra Asia them., 152-153; Laurent, Corpus V/1, 307. List of bishops in Fedalto, HEO I, 82-3.