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SОMETHING MORE ABOUT TWO PROTO AUTHOGRAPHS IN HAGIA SOPHIA, CONSTANTINOPLE

Thomas Thomov

New Bulgarian University

Abstract: The paper deals with two Bulgarian pseudo-monograms in the west gallery in the Church of Hagia Sophia in Constantinople. These hand-written authographs prove that two person, Artzo and Tudor visited the Byzantine capital in the second half of the 14th c. The name Tudor is of an unknown person but Artzo is mentioned in the “Bulgarian part” of Boril’s Synodikon and specifically in its beadroll. He was a boyar and probably a warlord of the Turnovo King. The assumption of Artzo’s monogram identity and Artzo in the Synodikon is based on identical personal names and it is not only possible but undisputable. During the Byzantine civil war in the mid-seventies of the 14th c. Artzo was send by King Šišman on an important diplomatic and probable military mission in Constantinople. He died fighting for his faith and country against the Ottoman Turks in the eighties of the 14th century.

Keywords: Bulgarian Cyrillic Autographs, Hagia Sophia, Constantinople, Boril’s Synodikon, Byzantine Civil War