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Constantine vestarches, judge of the Velum and strategos of the Stenon (eleventh century)

Accession number BZS.1947.2.255
Diameter 22 mm
Condition Blank too small for die
Previous Editions

DO Seals 3, no. 73.1.

Obverse

Inscription of five lines. Indeterminate border.

+ΚΕ,Θ,
ΣΔ
̅Ν̅ΕΣ
.ΑΡΧ,ΚΡ
Τ,

Κύριε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ Κωνσταντίνῳ βεστάρχ κριτ

Reverse

Inscription of four lines, decoration below. Border of dots.

ΟΥΗ
.ΣΤΡΑ
.ΗΓΤ
.ΤΕΝ
 

τοῦ βήλουκαὶ στρατηγῷ τοῦ Στενοῦ

Translation

Κύριε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ Κωνσταντίνῳ βεστάρχῃ κριτῇ τοῦ βήλου καὶ στρατηγῷ τοῦ Στενοῦ.

Lord, help your servant Constantine, vestarches, judge of the Velum, and strategos of Stenon.

Commentary

This seal is edited jointly with its better preserved counterpart from the same boulloterion: BZS 1958.1063014.

Another twelfth-century strategos of the Stenon, also a vestarches by the name of Constantine but with the (seemingly Georgian) surname Chapse, is known from his seal of a different type (Laurent, Orghidan, no. 234).

Stenon ("Narrow") is another name for the the Bosporus. The region provided sailors for the imperial navy; some ten galleys of the ploimon were permanently stationed there. The strategos of the Stenon had also the exclusive right to judge all affairs of the Jews of Constantinople up until the very late twelfth century (Rhallès-Potlès I, 41). But other trials were also held at the Stenon (Peira 51, 10). This explains why the owner of this seal, although a strategos, was also a judge attached to the supreme tribunal of Constantinople. On the Stenon, see Ahrweiler, Mer, 102, 122, 403.

Accession number BZS.1947.2.255
Diameter 22 mm
Condition Blank too small for die
Previous Editions

DO Seals 3, no. 73.1.

Notes

Accession number BZS.1947.2.255
Diameter 22 mm
Condition Blank too small for die
Previous Editions

DO Seals 3, no. 73.1.