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John protokentarchos of the judge of the Thrakesioi (eleventh century)

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.2301
Diameter 24 mm
Condition Corroded and broken at the exit of the channel (obverse).
Previous Editions

DO Seals 3, no. 2.33.

Obverse

Bust of St. Nicholas; details effaced. Inscription in two columns: |ν|ι-κ|ο|λ : Ὁ ἅ(γιος) Νικόλ(αος). Circular inscription along a border of dots:

κεR.-τωσω

Κ(ύρι)ε β(οή)[θ(ει)] τῷ σῷ [δ(ούλῳ)]

Reverse

Inscription of five lines, the final letter between two bars. Border of dots.

+ι̅ωα̅
κενταρ
χκριτ,
τονθρα
.ησυο
ν

Ἰω(άννῃ) (πρωτο)κεντάρχ(ῳ) τοῦ κριτ(οῦ) τον Θρᾳ[κ]ησύον

Translation

Κύριε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ Ἰωάννῃ πρωτοκεντάρχῳ τοῦ κριτοῦ τον Θρᾳκησύον.

Lord, help your servant John, protokentarchos of the judge of the Thrakesioi.

Commentary

The present specimen shows that the protokentarchos, an official who appears in the provincial administration during the tenth century, might best be defined as a sergeant-at-arms, subordinate not only to the strategos (Cer., 663), but also to the judge, no doubt heading their guards.

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.2301
Diameter 24 mm
Condition Corroded and broken at the exit of the channel (obverse).
Previous Editions

DO Seals 3, no. 2.33.

Notes

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.2301
Diameter 24 mm
Condition Corroded and broken at the exit of the channel (obverse).
Previous Editions

DO Seals 3, no. 2.33.

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