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Constantine patrikios, praipositos, vestarches and domestikos of the East (eleventh century)

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.1498
Diameter 32 mm
Field diameter 26 mm
Condition Oxidated.
Previous Editions

DO Seals 3, no. 99.5.

Obverse

Inscription in six lines preceded by a decoration. Border of dots.

 
ΚΕΟ
ΗΘΕΙΤ
ΣΔΛ
ΚΝΣΤΑΝ
Τ,ΠΑΤΡΙ
ΚΙ

Κύριε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ Κωνσταντίνῳ πατρικίῳ

Reverse

Inscription in six lines preceded by an ornament. Border of dots.

 
ΠΡΑΙΠΟ
ΣΙΤΕΣ
ΤΑΡΧ,ΔΟ
ΜΕΣΤΙΚ
.ΗΣΑΝΑ
ΤΟΛ,

πραιποσίτῳ, βεστάρχ. καὶ δομεστίκ τῆς Ἀνατολῆς

Translation

Κύριε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ Κωνσταντίνῳ πατρικίῳ, πραιποσίτῳ, βεστάρχῃ. καὶ δομεστίκῳ τῆς Ἀνατολῆς.

Lord, help your servant Constantine patrikios, praipositios, vestarches, and domestikos of the East.

Commentary

The owner of the present seal was a eunuch (praipositos); he could thus be identical to the eunuch Constantine, brother of Michael IV, who was appointed domestikos of the Schools of the East in 1037 and who kept the position until 1041. Cf. Guilland, Recherches I, 450; Seibt, Bleisiegel, no. 35 (Constantine proedros, domestikos of the Schools of the East and of Antioch: a latter seal of the same person).

From an administrative point of view, the term Anatole was used until the 10th century to indicate (a) the territories that had previously belonged to the praefectura praetorio per Orientem that is, essentially, all the themes of Asia Minor together with those of Thrace and Macedonia; or, more realistically, (b) the territories situated to the east of Constantinople, that is, Asia Minor. In the 10th century the army command of the East was separated from that of the West (that is, Europe), Listes, 329, 341-42; cf. Oikonomides, Évolution, 141-42 and AP 35 [1978] 300, 328-29. The seals published here (and some others, such as the one of the stratopedarches of the East: Zacos-Veglery, no. 2780; Lihačev, Molivdovuly, 104, pl. LXIII,9; Seyrig, no. 159; or the hikanatoi of the East: Seyrig, no. 154) show that in the 10th and eleventh centuries the entity called the East comprised only military commands.

It should be noted, however, that in some cases the term Anatole seems to have been used to indicate a strategos of the Anatolikoi (cf. Winkelmann, Ämterstruktur, 78-79); and several civilian officials defined as ton Anatolikon could well wave authority over territories covering the East, well beyond the boundaries of the theme (see DO Seals 3, § 86, nos. 86.9, 86.17, 86.34).

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.1498
Diameter 32 mm
Field diameter 26 mm
Condition Oxidated.
Previous Editions

DO Seals 3, no. 99.5.

Notes

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.1498
Diameter 32 mm
Field diameter 26 mm
Condition Oxidated.
Previous Editions

DO Seals 3, no. 99.5.

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