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Christophoros primikerios epi tou koitonos, phylax and anagrapheus of the Armeniakoi (tenth/eleventh century)

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.1262
Diameter 24 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 4, no. 22.2.

Obverse

Inscription of five lines. Border of dots.

κεR
τσδ
χριστοφ
πριμικ,
-ρι-

Κ(ύρι)ε β(οήθει) τῷ σῷ δ(ούλῳ)

Reverse

Inscription of five lines. Border of dots.

.πιτ.
κοιτ,φυλ,
κ,Sαναγρα
φ,τναρ
μεν/

Χριστοφ(όρῳ) πριμικ(η)ρίῳ [ἐ]πὶ τ[οῦ] κοιτ(ῶνος), φύλ(α)κ(ι) (καὶ) ἀναγραφ(εῖ) τῶν Ἀρμεν(ιακῶν)

Translation

Κύριε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ Χριστοφόρῳ πριμικηρίῳ ἐπὶ τοῦ κοιτῶνος, φύλακι καὶ ἀναγραφεῖ τῶν Ἀρμενιακῶν.

Lord, help your servant Christophoros, primikerios epi tou koitonos, phylax and anagrapheus of the Armeniakoi.

Commentary

The phylax was the official who supervised the private treasury of the emperor (also called the Phylax: cf. Oikonomides, “Evolution,” 137-38). Although other seals bearing this office are known (cf. Zacos, Seals II, nos. 474, 756, 805), our specimen is unique in that it records a provincial mandate (anagrapheus of the Armeniakoi) which Christophoros exercised simultaneously with his duties at court—in fact he must have farmed out the lucrative provincial fiscal mandate, while he kept his position at the central administration.

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.1262
Diameter 24 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 4, no. 22.2.

Notes

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.1262
Diameter 24 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 4, no. 22.2.

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