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Leo dioiketes of Teios (tenth century)

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.591
Diameter 22 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 4, no. 10.1a.

Obverse

Patriarchal cross on four steps. Circular inscription within concentric circles of dots:

κεRοηθητσδ

Κ(ύρι)ε βοήθη τῷ σῷ δ(ούλῳ)

Reverse

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


λεν

τειδηυκ
ητειτει
ουμη,

Λέωντει δηυκητεῖ Τείου ἀμή(ν)

Translation

Κύριε βοήθη τῷ σῷ δούλῳ Λέωντει δηυκητεῖ Τείου, ἀμήν.

Lord, help your servant Leo, dioiketes of Teios, amen.

Commentary

This seal, BZS.1951.31.5.664, and BZS.1951.31.5.1290 have the same alignment of letters and seem to come from the same boulloterion. There is a strong probability that the present specimen is the one that Laurent saw in Istanbul and published in "Sceaux byzantins inédits," EO 32 (1933) 34-35.

The town and bishopric of Tios were situated at Hissar Önü (Bithynia), at 60 km to the east of Eregli along the Black Sea coast. This was a financial center as it had its own dioiketes and presumably a naval base, as seems to attest the office of droungarios. Tios is attested as a suffragan bishopric of Klaudioupolis from the VIIIth to the XIIIth century (Darrouzès, Notitiae, n. 3, l. 335 and no. 13, l. 238). See Paphlagonien, 276-278; Laurent, Corpus V/1, 352. List of bishops in Fedalto, HEO I, 93.

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.591
Diameter 22 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 4, no. 10.1a.

Notes

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.591
Diameter 22 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 4, no. 10.1a.