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Leo bishop of Zarzela (tenth/eleventh century)

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.2047
Diameter 23 mm
Condition Corroded. Flat on one side.
Previous Editions

DO Seals 5 no. 112.1; Laurent, Corpus 5.1: no. 841 (Garella).

Obverse

Bust of St. John Prodromos holding a long cross in his right hand. Vertical inscription visible at right: |Δ|Ρ : [Ὁ (ἅγιος) Ἰω(άννης) ὁ] Πρ(ό)δρ[ο(μος)]. Border of dots.

Reverse

Inscription of four lines followed by an ornament. Border of dots.

λεον
επησκ.
π,ζαρ..
ληα.


Λέον ἐπήσκ[ο]π(ος) Ζαρ[ζη]λήα[ς]

Translation

Λέον ἐπήσκοπος Ζαρζηλήας.

Leo bishop of Zarzela.

Commentary

Laurent read the initial letter of the bishop's see as Γ, but it is clear that the letter is surmounted by a horizontal bar that extends left in the manner of T or Z. In addition the final letter of line 3 does not appear to be a lunate epsilon, but a box-shaped H. If Leo were in charge of an archbishopric, one might expect him to describe himself as ἀρχιεπίσκοπος; in contrast, ἐπίσκοπος is wholly appropriate for the see of Zarzela, which was throughout its history a suffragan bishopric of Antioch of Pisidia.

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.2047
Diameter 23 mm
Condition Corroded. Flat on one side.
Previous Editions

DO Seals 5 no. 112.1; Laurent, Corpus 5.1: no. 841 (Garella).

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.2047
Diameter 23 mm
Condition Corroded. Flat on one side.
Previous Editions

DO Seals 5 no. 112.1; Laurent, Corpus 5.1: no. 841 (Garella).

Notes

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.2047
Diameter 23 mm
Condition Corroded. Flat on one side.
Previous Editions

DO Seals 5 no. 112.1; Laurent, Corpus 5.1: no. 841 (Garella).

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