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Pothos Monomachos, orphanotrophos and judge of the Armeniakoi (eleventh century)

Accession Number:
BZS.1958.106.2211

Previous Editions

DO Seals 4, no. 22.18a.

Details

Diameter:
21 mm

Obverse

Pothos Monomachos, orphanotrophos and judge of the Armeniakoi (eleventh century)

Bust of St. George, beardless, holding a martyr's cross before him. Vertical inscription on either side: |γ|ε-ω|ρ|γ, : Ὁ ἅ(γιος) Γεώργ(ιος). Remains of a circular inscription within a border of dots:

+κε.....ποθ

Κ(ύρι)ε [βοήθει] Πόθῳ

Reverse

Pothos Monomachos, orphanotrophos and judge of the Armeniakoi (eleventh century)

Inscription of six lines. Border of dots.

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ορφν
τροφκρι
τ,τνρμε
ικντ
ΜονοΜ
Χ

ὀρφανοτρόφῳ, κριτ(ῇ) τῶν Ἀρμε[ν]ιακῶν τῷ Μονομάχῳ

Translation

Κύριε βοήθει Πόθῳ ὀρφανοτρόφῳ, κριτῇ τῶν Ἀρμενιακῶν τῷ Μονομάχῳ.

Lord, help Pothos Monomachos, orphantotrophos and judge of the Armeniakoi.

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Commentary

This specimen and BZS.1958.106.861 seem to come from the same boulloterion.

The Monomachos family seems to have had a special devotion to St. George. Cf. DO Seals 3, no. 39.10 (BZS.1958.106.1436). While Pothos kept his provincial appointment as judge of the Armeniakoi, he was also appointed to the Constantinopolitan position of orphanotrophos — or vice versa, he obtained the appointment in the province while he was the Constantinopolitan orphanotrophos. We also know of a certain John who accumulated the positions of orphanotrophos and judge of the Armeniakoi (REB 23, 1965, 211) and we have several examples of officials with important Constantinopolitan appointments who went after the more lucrative posts of provincial judges without abandoning their original administrative position. See, for example, DO Seals 3, nos. 2.11, 2.29, 2.30, 39.3, 39.10, 39.12, 86.27, 86.28, 86.34.

For the present entry, where we had first misread the name as Nikephoros, we are particularly grateful for the corrections proposed by W. Seibt.

 

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