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Theognostos xenodochos of Loupadion (eighth/ninth century)

Accession number BZS.1958.106.5175
Diameter 25 mm
Field diameter 19 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 3, no. 55.5.
Zacos-Veglery, no. 2495.


Cruciform invocative monogram (type V). In the quarters: ΤΣ|ΔΛ. Wreath border.

Θεοτόκε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ


Inscription of four lines. Wreath border.


Θεογνόστῳ ξενοδ(ό)χ(ῳ) τ(οῦ) Λουπ(αδίου)


Θεοτόκε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ Θεογνόστῳ ξενοδόχῳ τοῦ Λουπαδίου.

Theotokos, help your servant Theognostos, xenodochos of Loupadion.


Loupadion/Lopadion (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 9th century.