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Leo archon of Loupadion (eleventh century)

Accession number BZS.1958.106.4386
Diameter 24 mm
Condition Broken on one side.
Previous Editions

DO Seals 3, no. 55.1.


Bust of St. Michael holding a sceptre and globus. Remnants of vertical inscription: Χ: [Ὁ Μι]χα(ήλ). Border of dots.


Inscription of five lines preceded by a cross. Border of dots.


Κ(ύρι)ε β(οή)θ(ει) Λέοντ[ι] ἄρχον[τ(ι)] τοῦ Λουπ[α]δ(ίου)


Κύριε βοήθει Λέοντι ἄρχοντι τοῦ Λουπαδίου.

Lord, help Leo, archon of Loupadion.


Loupadion (modern Ulubad) was found to the south of the Marmara sea on the Rhyndakos river, commanding an important bridge of the road leading from Kyzikos to the east. It had a xenodocheion, the existence of which is known to us from several sources, including many seals (cf. Sig., 246, 381; Zacos, Seals II, nos. 111, 266). Our seals show that the city was administrated by an archon and that a kommerikarios probably taxed merchandise in the ninth century.