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Constantine asekretis, imperial notarios, and episkeptites of Achyrovachoi (eleventh century)

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.237
Diameter 24 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 1, no. 72.1.

Obverse

Inscription of five lines followed by an ornament. Border of dots.

ΚΕ,Θ,
ΤΣΔ,
ΚΝΣΤΑΝ
ΤΙΝ,ΑΣΗ
ΚΡΗΤ.
·

Κύριε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ Κωνσταντίν ἀσηκρήτ

Reverse

Inscription of five lines followed by an ornament. Border of dots.

̄ΝΟΤΑ
ΡΙΟΕΠΙ
ΣΚΕΠΤΗΤ
ΤΟΝΑΧΥ
ΡΟΑΧ
·

βασιλικῷ νοταρίο, καὶ ἐπισκεπτήτ τον Ἀχυροβάχων

Translation

Κύριε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ Κωνσταντίνῳ ἀσηκρήτῃ, βασιλικῷ νοταρίο καὶ ἐπισκεπτήτῃ τον Ἀχυροβάχων.

Lord, help your servant Constantine asekretis, imperial notarios, and episkeptites of Achyrovachoi.

Commentary

The stronghold of the Χοιρόβακχοι was situated in southeastern Thrace, where the Athyras and Melas rivers meet, near present-day Büyük Çekmece (Zakythinos, Mélétai 18 [1948] 54). Anna Komnena mentions the fortification in her description of her father's defense of the city against the Petchenegs (Alexiade II, 127 ff). Kinnamos (Bonn, 73-74) speaks of the plain of the the Choirobakhoi as well-watered and excellent for pasturing horses, a situation that may reflect why, as attested by the seal below, the region was the site of imperial estates: this episkepsis of the Choirovakhoi was still functioning in 1198.

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.237
Diameter 24 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 1, no. 72.1.

Notes

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.237
Diameter 24 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 1, no. 72.1.

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