• Today I saw at Academia the text of Michal Featherstone, The Everyday Palace in the Tenth Century In: M. Featherstone--J.-M. Spieser--G. Tanman--U, Wulf-Rheidt (ed.), The Emperor's House: Palaces from Augustus to the Age of Absolutism [Urban Spaces 4], Berlin 2015, 149-158, in which one can see one more medieval meaning of the word Papias (p.153):


    “After the dismissal of Matins in the Lausiakos the commander of the guards proceeds with the other officers and their men on weekly duty, together with the papias, the Palace Doorkeeper – a Sassanian word. [N.B.: (?) and/or Arabic Bāb (?), i.e. Gate/way (of a monastery, for example)] – and his weekly stewards, and they open the Ivory Door leading out to the court of the Daphne. The adjutants’ guards on weekly duty come in and…”

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