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Nikephoros Dekanos, kouropalates and anagrapheus of Nisos (eleventh/twelfth century)

Accession Number:
BZS.1958.106.2577

Previous Editions

DO Seals 1, no. 32.1.

Details

Diameter:
16 mm

Obverse

Nikephoros Dekanos, kouropalates and anagrapheus of Nisos (eleventh/twelfth century)

Inscription of four lines. No visible border.

.ΚΕ
ΝΙΚΗΦΟΡ
ΚΡΟΠΑ
ΛΑΤΙ

Κύριε βοήθει Νικηφόρ κουροπαλάτι

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Nikephoros Dekanos, kouropalates and anagrapheus of Nisos (eleventh/twelfth century)

Inscription of four lines. No visible border.

....
ΑΝΑΓΡΑ
ΝΗΣΤ
ΔΕΚΑΝ

...καὶ ἀναγραφεῖ Νήσου τ Δεκαν

Translation

Κύριε βοήθει Νικηφόρῳ κουροπαλάτι ...καὶ ἀναγραφεῖ Νήσου τῷ Δεκανῷ.

Lord, help Nikephoros Dekanos kouropalates ... and anagrapheus of Nisos.

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Commentary

A Nikephoros, son of Dekanos, was entrusted with the government of Constantinople in 1107, and could well be the owner of this seal (cf. Skoulatos, Personnages, 238-39).

Modern Niš in Serbia. The ancient city of Naissus, retaken by the Byzantines in the early eleventh century and called ὁ Νίσος, became the seat of a strategos and gave its name to a theme known, inter alia, from Alexiade III, 178. It had been an episcopal see from the time of Samuel and continued as such under the Byzantines. It became a metropolis only in the late twelfth century. See Zakythinos, létai 17 (1941) 228-29 and V. Laurent in Byzantion 31 (1961) 43-56 and Corpus V/2, no. 1510.

 

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