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Constantine Bourtzes, patrikios (tenth/eleventh century)

Accession number BZS.1947.2.1027
Diameter 24 mm
Condition Struck slightly off-center; effaced on the left of the reverse.


Patriarchal cross (an Χ at the lower crossbar) mounted on three steps and ornamented at its base with fleurons that rise on both sides. Remains of a circular inscription within an indeterminate border.


Κύριε βοήθει τῷ σδούλῳ


Inscription in five lines. Indeterminate border.


Κωνσταντίν πατρικί


Κύριε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ Κωνσταντίνῳ πατρικίῳ.

Lord, help your servant Constantine patrikios.


In his unpublished catalogue of the Shaw Collection, Laurent identifies this Constantine as the son of Michael Bourtzes, the conqueror and first duke of Antioch. Constantine served under Basil II, but was blinded by Constantine VIII on his accession to the throne.