May 26, 2020

Register of Dignitaries part 7

XIX. The Masters of the Bureaus.

The master of the bureau of memorials formulates and issues all rescripts, and responds to petitions.

The master of the bureau of correspondence deals with deputations from states, consultations * and petitions.

The master of the bureau of requests deals with the hearing of cases and petitions.
The master of the bureau of Greek Correspondence either himself formulates those letters which are usually issued in Greek, or when they have been formulated in Latin translates them into Greek.

No one of these has a staff of his own, but assistants chosen from the bureaus.

[*] References to the imperial authority of questions on which provincial magistrates were in doubt: appeals from judges rather than against them.

XX. The Proconsul of Asia.

Under the control of the worshipful proconsul of Asia are the provinces mentioned below:
The Islands,


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XIV The Count of the Private Domain

Under the control of the illustrious count of the private domain:
The imperial estates,
The accountants of the private domain,
The private baggage train,
The provosts of the herds [* of horses] and stables,
The procurators of the pastures.

The staff of the aforesaid illustrious count of the private domain
A chief clerk of the whole staff,
A chief clerk of remitted taxes,
A chief clerk of the fixed taxes,
A chief clerk of receipts, [* for taxes paid]
A chief clerk of the bureau of private bounties, and other, clerks of the aforesaid bureaus,
A deputy chief clerk of the whole staff, who has charge of the documents of that staff, and other palatine [officials]

The count of the private domain is entitled to as many post- warrants in the year as his occasions may require.

XV The Count of the Household Horse. The Count of the Household Foot.

Under the control of the i

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The staff of the aforesaid illustrious master of the offices is made up from the school of confidential agents as follows:

A chief assistant,
two aids,
three for the arsenals,
four for the embroiderers in gold:
for the diocese of the East one, for the diocese of Asia one, for the diocese of Pontus one, for the diocese of the Thraces and Illyricum one.

An inspector of the public post in the presence,
Inspectors for all the provinces,
Interpreters for various peoples.

The master of the offices himself issues post-warrants.

[*1] So called from their attending in the schola, or hall of the palace.

[*2] A word of no religious import, but pointing only to the origin of this school from one social class of certain Scythian peoples who were living in a federate relation to the empire.

[*3] Agentes in rebus, a class of highly paid civil agents, who were designed to keep the central government in touc

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The staff of the aforesaid office of the master in the presence is [made up from officers] enrolled with the forces and assigned to staff duty.

It includes the officers below mentioned:
A chief of staff,
Two accountants (numerarii),
A custodian,
Chief clerks (primiscrinios), who become accountants,
Secretaries and other attendants (apparitores).

The master of the soldiery in the presence is entitled to fifteen post-warrants in the year.

[*] For the organization and strength of the army at this period see Bury’s Gibbon, Vol. II, App. 12. A summary of his statements, embodying the results of Montrusen’s study, is here given;

A. Organization.

I. The borderers (limitanei, ripenses) were stationed on the frontiers and served as cultivators of lands allotted to them as well as soldiers.

II. Imperial troops.

b. Troops of the second line (pseudo-comitatenses).
c. Palatine troop

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The officials named in the text received high salaries. After working through to the highest staff position, which was commonly held for either one or two years, they were eligible for the lower governorships, as presidents or correctors. and so on till the highest stations were reached.

The Latin titles have been given to make it clear that the translation cannot be an exact equivalent for the terms in use under a system so different from anything now in existence.

[*2] The cursus publicus was the post-service for the conveyance of government dispatches and of government officials. It was elaborately organized and very effective. Its control was in the bands of the pretorian prefects. Its control was in the hands of the pretorian prefects and and the master’s of the offices. Other officers were limited in their use of this service, as the last paragraph of each chapter in the Notitia shows. There is no reference to this service in the Notitia of the West,

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II The Pretorian Prefect of the East.

Under the control of the illustrious* pretorian prefect of the East are the dioceses below mentioned:

[*] Each of the great officials of the empire at this time was dignified and graded by one of three titles: illustris, ” illustrious; ” speciabilis, ” worshipful;” clarissimus, “right honorable.” The first of these titles is the highest. A study of the Notitia will show the bearers of the respective titles. In general, it may be said that the illustrious correspond in rank to our cabinet officers, the worshipful to our State governors and highest military officers, and the right honorable to our brigadier-generals and colonels. See the references to Gibbon, Bury and Hodgkin in the bibliography, p. 40.

of the East; of Egypt; of Asia; of Pontus; of Thrace.


of [the diocese of] the East fifteen:
Palestine; Phoenice; Syria; Cilicia; Cyprus; Arabia (a

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I. Register of the Dignitaries Both Civil and Military, in the Districts of the East.

The pretorian prefect of the East.
The pretorian prefect of Illyricum.
The prefect of the city of Constantinople.
Two masters of horse and foot in the presence.
[The master] of horse and foot in the East.
[The master] of horse and foot in Thrace.
[The master] of horse and foot in Illyricum.
The provost of the sacred bedchamber.
The master of the offices.
The quaestor.
The count of the sacred bounties.
The count of the private domains.
Two counts of the household troops:
of horse,
of foot.

The superintendent of the sacred bedchamber.
The chief of the notaries.
The castellan of the sacred palace.

The masters of bureaus:
of memorials,
of correspondence,
of requests,
of Greek [versions].

Two proconsuls:
of Asia; of Achaia.
The count of the East.
The Augustal prefect.

Four vicars:

The Mysterious Picture part 3

“Youshall soon have some better fare than that,” answered the Landgrave, “but whereis this donkey of yours?”

“Ileft him on the Grande Place,” Ulenspiegel said, “opposite the palace; and Ishould be most obliged if he could be given lodging for the night, some straw,and a little fodder.”

TheLandgrave gave immediately instructions to one of his pages that Ulenspiegel`sdonkey should be treated even as his own.

Thehour for supper soon arrived, and the meal was like a wedding festival. Hotmeats smoked in the dishes, wine flowed like water, while Ulenspiegel and theLandgrave grew both as red as burning coals. Ulenspiegel also became verymerry, but His Highness was somewhat pensive even in his cups.

“Ourpainter,” said he suddenly, “will have to paint our portrait, for it is a greatsatisfaction to a mortal prince to bequeath to his descendants the memory ofhis countenance.”

“SirLandgrave,” answered

The Sailor and the Pearl Merchant part 8

The next day, therefore, the sailor took on board the old man and a black slave, and for three months they sailed, until they once more reached the island of pearls. There they made fast the ship on the shore, and taking sacks, they ascended to the top of the mountain. Once arrived there, the old man made the same request to Abu`l Fawaris as before, namely, that he should go down into the pits and send up pearls.

The sailor replied that he was unacquainted with the place, and preferred that the old man should go down first, in order to prove that there was no danger. He answered that there was surely no danger; he had never in his life harmed even an ant, and he would of a certainty never send Abu`l Fawaris down into the pits if he knew any peril lay there. But the sailor was obstinate, saying that until he knew how to carry it out, he could not undertake the task.

So many pearls

Very reluctantly, therefore, the old man allowed himself to be low

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Full of terror the sailor swam till he reached the other side of the mountain. There he met an old man who greeted him, and, after hearing his adventure, fed him and took him to his house. But soon, to his horror, Abu`l Fawaris found that this old man also was an ogre. With great cunning he told the ogre`s wife that he could make many useful implements for her house, and she persuaded her husband to save him. After many days in the house, he was sent away to the care of a shepherd, and put to guard sheep. Day by day he planned to escape, but there was only one way across the mountain and that was guarded.

Bring home some of the honey

One day, as he wandered in a wood, he found in the hollow trunk of a tree a store of honey, of which he told the shepherd`s wife when he went home. The next day, therefore, the woman sent her husband with Abu`l Fawaris, telling him to bring home some of the honey; but, on the way, the sailor leaped upon him and bound him to