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Leo imperial spatharios and protonotarios of Thessalonica (tenth century)

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.979
Diameter 18 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 1, no. 18.57a.

Obverse

Patriarchal cross on three steps with fleurons arising from base (up to first transverse bar). Circular inscription within two borders of dots.

ΚΕΟΗΘΕΙΤΣΔΟΥΛ

Κύριε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ

Reverse

Inscription of six lines. Border of dots.

ΛΕ
ΝΤΟΣ,ΣΠ
ΑΘΑΡ,ΠΡΟ
ΤΟΝΟΤΑΡ,Θ
ΕΣΣΑΛΟΝ
ΝΙΚΗΣ

Λέωντος βασιλικοῦ σπαθαρίου καὶ προτονοταρίου Θεσσαλονίκης

Translation

Κύριε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ Λέωντος βασιλικοῦ σπαθαρίου καὶ προτονοταρίου Θεσσαλονίκης.

Lord, help your servant. (Seal of) Leo imperial spatharios and protonotarios of Thessalonica.

Commentary

From the same boulloterion as its parallels noted below. The blanks used for DO Seals 1, no. 18.57b and 18.57c, and perhaps also 18.57d, obviously came from the same mould. The spelling of the last word (rev.) could be seen as simply an error (Θεσσαλοννίκης or be read as Θεσσαλῶν νίκης and be understood as an effort to interpret the name of the city, the more so as the genitive Θετταλῶν was often used to indicate the metropolitan of Thessalonica (cf. DO Seals 1, nos. 18.80-81).

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.979
Diameter 18 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 1, no. 18.57a.

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