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Samuel Bourtzes, anthypatos patrikios (eleventh century, first half)

 
 

Obverse

Inscription of four lines beginning with a cross. Decoration below. Border of dots.

κεο
.θειτ
.λ̣
.α̣μ..


Κ(ύρι)ε βο[ή]θει τῷ [σ]ῷ δούλῳ [Σ]αμου[ὴλ]

Reverse

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

..Θ̣υ̣.
Α̣τοπα
..ηκ,τ
..ρτζ.


[ἀν]θυ[π]άτο πα[τρη]κ(ίῳ) τῷ [Βού]ρτζ[ῃ]

Obverse

Inscription of four lines beginning with a cross. Decoration below. Border of dots.

κεο
.θειτ
.λ̣
.α̣μ..


Κ(ύρι)ε βο[ή]θει τῷ [σ]ῷ δούλῳ [Σ]αμου[ὴλ]

Reverse

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

..Θ̣υ̣.
Α̣τοπα
..ηκ,τ
..ρτζ.


[ἀν]θυ[π]άτο πα[τρη]κ(ίῳ) τῷ [Βού]ρτζ[ῃ]

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.1369
Diameter 33.0 mm
Condition Corroded.
Previous Editions

See Cheynet-Vannier, "Les Bourtzès," no. 10 (in Etudes prosopographiques, 15-55, with commentary).

Credit Line Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Bequest of Thomas Whittemore.

Translation

Κύριε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ Σαμουὴλ ἀνθυπάτο πατρηκίῳ τῷ Βούρτζῃ.

Lord, help your servant Samuel Bourtzes, anthypatos, patrikos.

Commentary

Samuel Bourtzes is known to have participated in a failed plot against Romanos III Argyros in 1029, but was restored to favor. His poor generalship later helped bring about a Byzantine defeat at the hands of the Patzinaks in 1050.

See also BZS.1958.106.4843.