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Niketas bishop of Lampsakos (late tenth century)

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.528
Diameter 28 mm
Field diameter 20 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 3, no. 54.1.
Laurent, Corpus V/1, no. 358.


Cruciform Invocative monogram (type VIII). In the quarters: ΤΣ|ΔΛ. Border of pellets between two concentric circles of dots.

Κύριε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ


Inscription of five lines, decorations above and below. Border of dots.




Νικήτ(ᾳ) ἐλέῳ Θ(εο)ῦ ἐπισκόπ(ῳ) Λαμψάκου


Κύριε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ Νικήτᾳ ἐλέῳ Θεοῦ ἐπισκόπῳ Λαμψάκου.

Lord, help your servant Niketas, bishop of Lampsakos by the mercy of God.


Lampsakos (modern Lapsaki, opposite Gallipoli on the east side of the Dardanelles) was the site of a suffragan bishopric of Kyzikos from at least the fourth century (Laurent, Corpus V/1, 255). It is listed in all the notitiae until the beginning of the fourteenth century. The city was the cult center of St. Parthenios, a 4th-century saint and bishop, who appears on the seal of Bishop Thomas published below (54.2). See Laurent, Corpus V/1, 256; Janin, Grand centres, 206. ODB II, 1172.