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

 
 

Obverse

Effaced.

Reverse

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

ΚΗ
ΜΗΤΡ
ΠΟΛΙΤ
ΘΗΝ

Νικήτᾳ μητροπολίτ Ἀθηνῶν

Obverse

Effaced.

Reverse

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

ΚΗ
ΜΗΤΡ
ΠΟΛΙΤ
ΘΗΝ

Νικήτᾳ μητροπολίτ Ἀθηνῶν

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.1101
Diameter 26.0 mm
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.

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.