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Constantine Bourtzes, patrikios (eleventh century, first half)

 
 

Obverse

A patriarchal cross mounted on a base of three steps with fleurons arising on both sides. Within a border of dots, traces of a circular inscription:

......ειτσλ,

[Κ(ύρι)ε βοήθ]ει τῷ σῷ δούλ(ῳ)

Reverse

Inscription of five lines beginning with a cross. Border of dots.

κ̅ν
στντιν̣
πτρικι̣
τορ̣
τζ̣η

Κωνσταντίν(ῳ) πατρικίῳ το Βούρτζῃ

Obverse

A patriarchal cross mounted on a base of three steps with fleurons arising on both sides. Within a border of dots, traces of a circular inscription:

......ειτσλ,

[Κ(ύρι)ε βοήθ]ει τῷ σῷ δούλ(ῳ)

Reverse

Inscription of five lines beginning with a cross. Border of dots.

κ̅ν
στντιν̣
πτρικι̣
τορ̣
τζ̣η

Κωνσταντίν(ῳ) πατρικίῳ το Βούρτζῃ

Accession number BZS.1958.106.4304
Diameter 22.0 mm
Condition Chipped and corroded.
Previous Editions

Cheynet-Vannier, "Les Bourtzès," no. 4 (with commentary, in Etudes prosopographiques, 15-55).

Translation

Κύριε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ Κωνσταντίνῳ πατρικίῳ το Βούρτζῃ.

Lord, help your servant Constantine Bourtzes, patrikios.

Commentary

The owner of this seal is likely to have been the Constantine Bourtzes attested as a trusted subordinate of Basil II; he was blinded, however, shortly after the accession of Basil's dissolute brother Constantine VIII.