Decree honoring Diophantos
Original publication and commentary by Latyshev
"The iron gate of praitorion was constructed and the other (gates) of the city were renovated under Isaac Komnenos, great Roman king and autocrat, and Catherine, the most pious Augusta, by Leo Aliates, patrikios and strategos of Cherson and Sougdaia, in the month April, indiction 12 of the year of 6567".
Isaac I Komnenos - the Byzantine emperor (reigned in 1057-1059).
Year of 6567 of the Byzantine era (from the Creation) is A.D. 1059.
Praitorion originally referred to general's tent in the Roman military camp, and in permanent camps it signified the commander's palace. In the Byzantine period this term acquired the meaning of the building where residence of the head of administration, strategos, as well as court of law and prison were located.
Patrikios (Latin patricius, English patrician) was a Byzantine rank, which allowed the owner to possess the most important posts in state administration.
Strategos was a governor of administrative unit and also of a city or fortress. In his province, he represented the power of the emperor, solved civil and military problems on behalf of the emperor's name, and was also a judge.
Sougdaia was the name of present city of Sudak in the eastern Crimea.
Translation by © N. Khrapunov.