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Leo Alakasseus (twelfth century)

 
 

Obverse

St Theodore Tiron standing, holding a spear and shield. Inscription on either side: |θε|ο|ρο|σο|τη|ρ|ν: ὁ ἅγιος Θεόδωρος ὁ Τήρων. Linear border.

Reverse

Inscription of four lines, a cross above. Border of dots.


τηρει
λεοντα
τηρναλ
ακασεα

τήρει Λέοντα, τήρων, Ἀλακασέα

Obverse

St Theodore Tiron standing, holding a spear and shield. Inscription on either side: |θε|ο|ρο|σο|τη|ρ|ν: ὁ ἅγιος Θεόδωρος ὁ Τήρων. Linear border.

Reverse

Inscription of four lines, a cross above. Border of dots.


τηρει
λεοντα
τηρναλ
ακασεα

τήρει Λέοντα, τήρων, Ἀλακασέα

Accession number BZS.1955.1.5050
Diameter 23.0 mm

Translation

τήρει Λέοντα, τήρων, Ἀλακασέα.

Recruit, stand guard over Leo.

Commentary

The metrical inscription contains a play on words, impossible to reproduce in English, with the parallel between the homophones τήρει ("guard," "protect") and τήρων ("recruit"), the epithet for St Theodore.