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Niketas bishop of Methone (tenth century)

Accession Number:
BZS.1958.106.248

Previous Editions

DO Seals 2, no. 30.1.
Laurent, Corpus V/1, no. 642. Laurent also refers to a similar specimen (from a different boulloterion) in the IFEB Collection. A similar specimen is also published and two more mentioned in Sig., 186.

Details

Diameter:
19 mm
Condition:
Double Struck.

Obverse

Niketas bishop of Methone (tenth century)

Bust of St. John the Theologian blessing and holding book. Vertical inscription: |ω| |  |Λ,: Ὁ ἅγιος ωάννης ὁ Θεολόγος. Remains of a circular inscription. No visible border.

Κύριε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ

Reverse

Niketas bishop of Methone (tenth century)

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

ΝΙΚΗ
ΤΑΕΠΙΣ.
ΟΠΜΕ
ΘΟΝΗΣ

Νικήτᾳ ἐπισκόπῳ Μεθόνης

Translation

Κύριε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ Νικήτᾳ ἐπισκόπῳ Μεθόνης.

Lord, help your servant Niketas bishop of Methone.

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Commentary

Today Methone, in the southwestern tip of the Peloponnesos. The ancient city is still attested in the 6th century; the bishopric may have already existed in the 4th century, but it emerges in the early 9th as a suffragan of the newly created metropolis of Patras. It is mentioned in the controversial iconoclastic notitia (as a suffragan of Corinth) and then in all notitiae, starting with that of Leo VI, under Patras (Darrouzès, Notitiae, no. 3, line 762; no. 7, line 551). See Laurent, Corpus V/1, 482; Fedalto, 510; ODB II, 1356. As the cathedral of Methone was dedicated to St. John the Theologian (NE 7 [1910] 156-57), this saint appears on most seals of its bishops.

 

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