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Niketas proedros (= metropolitan) of Rhodes (twelfth century)

Accession number BZS.1955.1.5023
Diameter 22 mm
Condition Corroded.
Previous Editions

DO Seals 2, no. 54.3.
Laurent, Corpus V/3, no. 1771; see also Wassiliou-Seibt, Siegel mit metrischen Legenden II, no. 2680.


Bust of the Virgin orans with the medallion of Christ before her. Remains of the usual sigla: ΡΥ: Μήτηρ Θεοῦ. No border visible.


Inscription of five lines. Border of dots.


Σφραγὶς Νικήτα το προέδρου τῆς Ῥόδου


Σφραγὶς Νικήτα τοῦ προέδρου τῆς Ῥόδου.

Seal of Niketas, the metropolitan of Rhodes.


Dodecasyllabic. In the Synodikon of Rhodes one finds mention of two (or three) metropolitans named Niketas and belonging roughly to the 12th century (Gouillard, Synodikon, 113); one metropolitan Niketas is attested in 1144 (Laurent, Corpus V/3, no. 1771, commentary). Note that the seal BZS.1955.1.5022, which was published by Laurent, Corpus V/3, no. 1772, in reality belongs to a bishop of Makre.

The metropolis of Rhodes kept its rank throughout the centuries, but the number of its suffragans varied. We have the list of the metropolitans of this see, the Synodikon. See Laurent, Corpus V/1, 528; Fedalto, 203-5; Malamut, Iles, passim, esp. 242-44, 281-83, 300, 323, 325, 359, 365, 506; Gouillard, Synodikon, 113, 278-79; ODB III, 1791-92.