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

Accession Number:
BZS.1958.106.3014

Previous Editions

DO Seals 3, no. 73.1b.

Details

Diameter:
32 mm

Obverse

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

Inscription of five lines. Indeterminate border.

+ΚΕ̅,Θ,
ΤΣΔ.
Κ̅̅Ν̅Ε.
ΤΑΡΧ,Κ.
Τ,

Κύριε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ Κωνσταντίνῳ βεστάρχ κριτ

Reverse

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

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

.ΟΥΗ
..ΣΤΡΑ
..ΓΤ
.ΤΕΝ
 

τοῦ βήλου καὶ 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.

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Commentary

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

Stenon is another name for 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 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 surpreme tribunal of Constantinople. On the Stenon, see Ahrweiler, Mer, 102, 122, 403.

 

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