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Leo primikerios, hebdomarios and chartoularios of the dromos of the West (eleventh century)

 
 

Obverse

Bust of St. Michael holding scepter and globus. Inscription in two columns. Remnants of circular inscription along the circumference. Border of dots.

[Κ(ύρι)ε βοήθει τῷ σ]ῷ δού[λ(ῷ)]

Reverse

Inscription in seven lines. Border of dots.

λε..
τˊπριμικ
ερδομαρˋ
χαρτλˋτ
δρομ,τησ
δυσε
σ

Λέ[ον]τ(ι) πριμικ(ηρίῳ) ἑβομαρ(ίῳ) (καὶ) χαρτουλ(αρίῳ) τοῦ δρόμ(ου) τῆς Δύσεως

Obverse

Bust of St. Michael holding scepter and globus. Inscription in two columns. Remnants of circular inscription along the circumference. Border of dots.

[Κ(ύρι)ε βοήθει τῷ σ]ῷ δού[λ(ῷ)]

Reverse

Inscription in seven lines. Border of dots.

λε..
τˊπριμικ
ερδομαρˋ
χαρτλˋτ
δρομ,τησ
δυσε
σ

Λέ[ον]τ(ι) πριμικ(ηρίῳ) ἑβομαρ(ίῳ) (καὶ) χαρτουλ(αρίῳ) τοῦ δρόμ(ου) τῆς Δύσεως

Accession number BZS.1958.106.3852
Diameter 25.0 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 1 no. 1.7.
Laurent, Corpus II, no. 459;

Translation

Κύριε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῷ Λέοντι πριμικηρίῳ ἑβομαρίῳ καὶ χαρτουλαρίῳ τοῦ δρόμου τῆς Δύσεως.

Lord, help your servant Leo primikerios, hebdomarios and chartoularios of the dromos of the West.

Commentary

As a hebdomarios, Leo was attached to the service of the palace of Constantinople. Consequently, his appointment in the "West" must have been a temporary one, perhaps a temporary farming out of a commission in the province.

The meaning of the word “West” here is uncertain; it is possible that it referred to the whole of the West or to just some part. In essence, the meaning of the term Δύσις when used on seals is fluid. The only relatively obvious certainty is that it always refers to some territory in the Balkans.