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Niketas archon of Skyros (ninth/tenth century)

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.1546
Diameter 27 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 2, no. 56.1.


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

Κύριε βοήθει


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


τῷ σῷ δούλ Νικήτᾳ ἄρχοντι Σκύρου


Κύριε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ Νικήτᾳ ἄρχοντι Σκύρου.

Lord, help your servant Niketas archon of Skyros.


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.