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in Byzantine government from the 6th to the 14th century, any of several officials who shared a variety of responsibilities ranging from the assessment and collection of taxes to the direction of foreign policy. The logothete of the drome, who was charged with presenting gifts to foreign embassies, eventually became the sovereign's chief adviser on foreign affairs. Theoctistus, logothete of the drome under Empress Theodora (regent 842-856), was one of the most powerful men ever to hold the office