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Headword: Θεόδοτος
Adler number: theta,141
Translated headword: Theodotos, Theodotus
Vetting Status: high
This man was a prefect of the armies in the reign of Justinian.[1] Removing him from his office, [Justinian] put [in his place] Peter called Barsyames, who formerly sat at the table of [exchange of] bronze [coins] and obtained shameful profits from this business, skillfully contriving the theft of the obols and always confusing his customers by the swiftness of his fingers. For he was able to steal[2] without fear from those who fell in with him, and when caught to swear, covering up the fault of his hands with the boldness of his tongue. When he was chosen among the generals[3] of the Pretorian Guard he had reached such an extreme of wickedness that he was particularly pleasing to the emperor[4] and could accomplish most easily the difficulties of his unjust plans, by depriving those on active military duty of all their pay[5] [...] and making the offices purchasable even more than before.
Greek Original:
Θεόδοτος: οὗτος ἐπὶ Ἰουστινιανοῦ ὕπαρχος ἦν τῶν στρατευμάτων, ὃν παραλύσας τῆς ἀρχῆς Πέτρον ἐπέστησε, Βαρσυάμην καλούμενον, ὃς πάλαι μὲν ἐπὶ τῆς τοῦ χαλκοῦ τραπέζης καθήμενος κέρδη αἰσχρότατα ἐκ ταύτης δὴ ἐπορίζετο τῆς ἐργασίας, τὴν περὶ τοὺς ὀβολοὺς κλοπὴν εὖ μάλα τεχνάζων καὶ τοὺς αὐτῷ ξυμβάλλοντας ἀεὶ τῷ τῶν δακτύλων τάχει ἐκκρούων. δεξιός γε ἦν κλέψαι μετὰ τῶν αὐτῷ περιπεπτωκότων ἀναίδην, ἁλοὺς δὲ ὀμόσαι καὶ τῶν χειρῶν τὸ ἁμάρτημα τῷ τῆς γλώττης περικαλύψαι θράσει. ἐν δὲ τοῖς τῶν ὑπάρχων στρατηγοῖς καταλεχθεὶς ἐς τοσοῦτον ἀτοπίας ἐλήλακεν, ὥστε τῷ βασιλεῖ ἀρέσκειν ἐς τὰ μάλιστα καὶ ἐς τῶν ἀδίκων αὐτῷ βουλευμάτων ῥᾷστα ὑπουργεῖν τὰ ἀμήχανα, τούς τε στρατευομένους ἀποστερῶν τὰς συντάξεις ἁπάσας καὶ ὠνίους τὰς ἀρχὰς ἔτι μᾶλλον ἢ πρότερον προθήσας.
Adapted from Procopius, Secret History 22.2-7. Although the entry is headed "Theodotus," in fact it mainly concerns beta 126, Peter Barsymes (Peter the son of Simon), Theodotus' successor as finance minister for Justinian.
Entry out of alphabetical order.
[1] iota 446.
[2] cf. delta 233.
[3] Should be στρατιώταις "soldiers."
[4] Procopius has "to Theodora."
[5] cf. sigma 1623.
Keywords: biography; chronology; economics; ethics; historiography; history; military affairs; women
Translated by: Catharine Roth on 17 April 2008@15:46:42.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (augmented notes and keywords; tweaks) on 18 April 2008@02:54:57.
David Whitehead on 31 December 2012@06:21:42.
Catharine Roth (tweaked translation) on 2 January 2013@01:25:01.
David Whitehead (another note) on 28 January 2014@04:24:40.


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