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Pitar (cup-bearer) was a court office in Moldavia and Wallachia. The first documentary reference to pitars is dated 22 May 1476, în Moldavia, and 25 April 1489 in Wallachia. After the end of the 15th century, the pitar was sometimes member of the princely council.

The holder was responsible of preparing the flower and the bread of the court as well as for the soldiers who were entitled to a daily ration of bread. Starting from the 17th century the pitar was also in charge of the carriages and carriage horses of the court.

In the 18th centuri the title of pitar became strictly honorific, without having specific responsibilities.

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  • Mihai Dim. Sturdza - Familiile boiereşti din Moldova şi Ţara Românească - Vol. I - Ed. Simetria, 2004 - ISBN 973-85821-7-2
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