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Niketas archon of Skyros (ninth/tenth century)

 
 

Obverse

Cruciform invocative monogram (type VIII); in each quarter: . Indeterminate border.

Κύριε βοήθει

Reverse

Inscription of four lines followed by a row of three pellets. Indeterminate border.

ΤΣ
ΔΟΥΛΝΙΚΗ
ΤΑΑΡΧΟΝ
Τ/ΣΚΥΡ

τῷ σῷ δούλ Νικήτᾳ ἄρχοντι Σκύρου

Obverse

Cruciform invocative monogram (type VIII); in each quarter: . Indeterminate border.

Κύριε βοήθει

Reverse

Inscription of four lines followed by a row of three pellets. Indeterminate border.

ΤΣ
ΔΟΥΛΝΙΚΗ
ΤΑΑΡΧΟΝ
Τ/ΣΚΥΡ

τῷ σῷ δούλ Νικήτᾳ ἄρχοντι Σκύρου

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.1546
Diameter 27.0 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 2, no. 56.1.

Translation

Κύριε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ Νικήτᾳ ἄρχοντι Σκύρου.

Lord, help your servant Niketas archon of Skyros.

Commentary

An ex-archon of Skyros is mentioned in 1016 in a document of the monastery of the Lavra (Lavra, no. 20, line 81). This text shows that being an archon was not an honorific title but a real office held in succession.

The bishopric of Skyros, an island of the Sporades, was probably in existence in the late ninth century (Darrouzès, Notitiae, no. 7, line 502) as a suffragan of Athens. The island was governed by an archon (DO Seals 2, no. 56.1). See Laurent, Corpus V/3, 104; Malamut, Iles, 228-30, 272-73, 300, 311-12, 366, 498.