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Leo Barenos (?), imperial protospatharios and judge of Cephalonia and Nikopolis (eleventh century)

Accession number BZS.1958.106.3670
Diameter 34 mm
Field diameter 26 mm
Condition Oxidation.
Previous Editions

DO Seals 2, no. 2.2.
Seibt, Nikopolis, no. 13.

Obverse

Inscription of five lines. Border of dots.

+ΚΕ,Θ,
ΤΣΔ,
ΛΕΟΝΤ,.
ΑΣΠΑΘ
..

Κύριε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ Λέοντι βασιλικῷ πρωτοσπαθαρίῳ

Reverse

Inscription of five lines preceded by an ornament. Border of dots.


ΚΡΙΤ,
.ΕΦΑΛΗ
..ΝΙΚΟΠ,
.ΑΡΗ
Ν

(καὶ) κριτ Κεφαληνίας καὶ Νικοπόλεως τ Βαρηνῷ

Translation

Κύριε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ Λέοντι βασιλικῷ πρωτοσπαθαρίῳ καὶ κριτῇ Κεφαληνίας καὶ Νικοπόλεως τῷ Βαρηνῷ.

Lord, help your servant Leo Barenos, imperial protospatharios and judge of Cephalonia and Nikopolis.

Commentary

Seibt has read (with reservations) Leo's patronym as Καρήνῳ. The last four letters of his family name can be read with certainty: ρηνω. The initial letter is weakly imprinted and may be a kappa or a beta. The next letter is unclear; it may be an alpha, but as it appears to be an oval, it could as well be an epsilon. The name may thus be Καρήνῳ, Βαρηνῷ, or Βερήνῳ. But Barenos also carries a meaning: someone who comes from Bari. Cf. A. Guillou and W. Holtzmann, "Zwei Katepansurkunden aus Tricarico," Quellen und Forschungen aus italienischen Archiven und Bibliotheken 41 (1961) 18; R. Förster, De antiquitatibus et libris manuscriptis Constantinopolitanis (Rostock, 1877), 16.

Accession number BZS.1958.106.3670
Diameter 34 mm
Field diameter 26 mm
Condition Oxidation.
Previous Editions

DO Seals 2, no. 2.2.
Seibt, Nikopolis, no. 13.

Notes

Accession number BZS.1958.106.3670
Diameter 34 mm
Field diameter 26 mm
Condition Oxidation.
Previous Editions

DO Seals 2, no. 2.2.
Seibt, Nikopolis, no. 13.

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