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Perdikes chartoularios of the Arithmoi of the East (eleventh century)

Accession number BZS 1958.106.3466
Diameter 27 mm
Field diameter 17 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 3, no. 99.2.


Inscription of four lines preceded and followed by an ornament. Border of dots.


Ὁ χαρτουλάρηος τῆς Ἀνατολῆς


Inscription of four lines preceded by an ornament. Border of dots.


τον ἀριθμον ὁ Περδίκης


Ὁ χαρτουλάρηος τῆς Ἀνατολῆς τον ἀριθμον ὁ Περδίκης.

Perdikes the chartoularios of the Arithmoi of the East.


The formulation of this seal is uncommon. We understand Perdikes to be an accounting officer (chartoularios) of the regiments (arithmoi) of the East (Listes, 310, 364), but it is unclear if these arithmoi had anything to do with the Constantinopolitan tagma of vigla or arithmos (Listes, 331-32), the commanding officer of which became in the 11th century the head of an imperial tribunal (Oikonomides, Évoluion, 132-33). As all tagmata, the vigla/arithmos had its own chartoularios (Listes, 331). Another 8th-century seal of the chartoularioi of the Arithmos (which Arithmos?) is published by Laurent, Orghidan, no. 32

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).