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Niketas imperial protospatharios and strategos of Pamphlagonia (tenth century)

Accession number BZS.1958.106.1023
Diameter 22 mm
Condition Rusted.
Previous Editions

DO Seals 4, no. 11.39.


Patriarchal cross on three steps. Circular inscription within a border of dots:


Κ(ύρι)ε βοήθ(ει) τῷ σῷ δούλ(ῳ).


Inscription of five lines, preceded (and followed?) by a row of pellets. Border of dots.


Νικήτᾳ β(ασιλικῷ) (πρωτο)σπαθαρ(ίῳ) (καὶ) στρατηγ(ῷ) Παμφλαγ(ονίας).


Κύριε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ Νικήτᾳ βασιλικῷ πρωτοσπαθαρίῳ καὶ στρατηγῷ Παμφλαγονίας.

Lord, help your servant Niketas, imperial protospatharios and strategos of Pamphlagonia.


Roman province and theme. Variant spellings: Παμφλαγονία, Πανφλαγονία, Παφλαγουνία, Πεφλαγονία. The first mention of a strategos of Paphlagonia dates from 826 and the theme seems to have been created ca. 820; as the theme occupied the Black Sea coastline from Tios to Sinope, a maritime katepano (based at Amastris) is also attested. Moreover, we know the seals of a tourmarches of Paphlagonia (REB 49, 1991, 229) and of a topoteretes of Paphlagonia (Speck-Sode, Berlin II, no. 306). The province had also a major concentration of monasteries. Its inhabitants had a bad reputation but often occupied distinguished positions in Byzantine society. See Listes, 349; De Them., 136-37; ODB III, 1579; Paphlagonien, 74 ff; Mikra Asia them., 275-285, 447-457 (T. Lounghis); P. Magdalino, “Paphlagonians in Byzantine Society,” Byz. Mikra Asia, 141-150.