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Niketas metropolitan of Athens (tenth century, likely before 926)

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.1101
Diameter 26 mm
Condition Corroded (obv.) and broken along the channel (which ran from 2 o'clock to 8 o'clock); almost one-half missing.
Previous Editions

Laurent, Corpus V/1, no. 591. Laurent reproduces the Fogg specimen on plate 80, but the description of the adornment of the obverse and the restoration of the name on the reverse derive from a similar specimen (found in Nikopolis: SBS 2 [1990] 248) published (without illustration) by Konstantopoulos in JIAN 16 (1914) 32. The Fogg and Athens specimens come, however, from different boulloteria.

Obverse

Effaced.

Reverse

Inscription of four lines, followed by a row of pellets. Border of dots.

ΚΗ
ΜΗΤΡ
ΠΟΛΙΤ
ΘΗΝ

Νικήτᾳ μητροπολίτ Ἀθηνῶν

Translation

Νικήτᾳ μητροπολίτῃ Ἀθηνῶν.

Niketas, metropolitan of Athens.

Commentary

Line 1 (rev.): the traces of Κ are very clear, allowing us to restore with certainty the metropolitan's name. The owner of our seal seems to have been the Niketas who succeeded Sabas (d. 913; cf. BZS 1955.1.4831 and 1958.106.5012, and Gouillard, Synodikon, 108) and is known to have died in November 926 (Orlandos-Branouses, no. 63).

Laurent ascribed two more seals to this same Niketas (Corpus V/1, nos. 592, 593), but we feel that these ascriptions are not secure, especially since no. 592 seems to belong to a type much older than the early tenth century.

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.1101
Diameter 26 mm
Condition Corroded (obv.) and broken along the channel (which ran from 2 o'clock to 8 o'clock); almost one-half missing.
Previous Editions

Laurent, Corpus V/1, no. 591. Laurent reproduces the Fogg specimen on plate 80, but the description of the adornment of the obverse and the restoration of the name on the reverse derive from a similar specimen (found in Nikopolis: SBS 2 [1990] 248) published (without illustration) by Konstantopoulos in JIAN 16 (1914) 32. The Fogg and Athens specimens come, however, from different boulloteria.

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.1101
Diameter 26 mm
Condition Corroded (obv.) and broken along the channel (which ran from 2 o'clock to 8 o'clock); almost one-half missing.
Previous Editions

Laurent, Corpus V/1, no. 591. Laurent reproduces the Fogg specimen on plate 80, but the description of the adornment of the obverse and the restoration of the name on the reverse derive from a similar specimen (found in Nikopolis: SBS 2 [1990] 248) published (without illustration) by Konstantopoulos in JIAN 16 (1914) 32. The Fogg and Athens specimens come, however, from different boulloteria.

Notes

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.1101
Diameter 26 mm
Condition Corroded (obv.) and broken along the channel (which ran from 2 o'clock to 8 o'clock); almost one-half missing.
Previous Editions

Laurent, Corpus V/1, no. 591. Laurent reproduces the Fogg specimen on plate 80, but the description of the adornment of the obverse and the restoration of the name on the reverse derive from a similar specimen (found in Nikopolis: SBS 2 [1990] 248) published (without illustration) by Konstantopoulos in JIAN 16 (1914) 32. The Fogg and Athens specimens come, however, from different boulloteria.

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