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Niketas patrikios and strategos of Sicily (eighth/ninth century)

 
 

Obverse

Cruciform invocative monogram (type V); in the quarters: ΤΣ|ΔΛ. Wreath border.

Θεοτόκε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ

Reverse

Inscription of four lines. No visible border.

ΝΙΚΗΤ
ΠΤΡΗΚ/
Κ/ΣΤΡ/Τ
ΣΙΚ

Νικήτᾳ πατρηκίῳ καὶ στρατηγῷ τῆς Σικελίας

Obverse

Cruciform invocative monogram (type V); in the quarters: ΤΣ|ΔΛ. Wreath border.

Θεοτόκε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ

Reverse

Inscription of four lines. No visible border.

ΝΙΚΗΤ
ΠΤΡΗΚ/
Κ/ΣΤΡ/Τ
ΣΙΚ

Νικήτᾳ πατρηκίῳ καὶ στρατηγῷ τῆς Σικελίας

Accession number BZS.1955.1.1102
Diameter 28.0 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 1, no. 5.20a.
Zacos-Veglery, no. 2256.

Translation

Θεοτόκε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ Νικήτᾳ πατρηκίῳ καὶ στρατηγῷ τῆς Σικελίας.

Theotokos, help your servant Niketas patrikios and strategos of Sicily.

Commentary

This seal is edited jointly with its counterpart from the same boulloterion: BZS 1958.106.5291.

Niketas patrikios, who was strategos of Sicily in 797 (TM 3 [1968] 316, 325; cf. Winkelmann, Ämterstruktur, 86-87), could well be the owner of the present seal. One should exclude, for obvious chronological reasons, Niketas Bothyrites, who served in the late 880s (Falkenhausen, Dominazione, 101, no. 64a). Seals with the same name and titles: Salinas, Notizie degli Scavi [1894] 416-17 (cf. TM 3 [1968] 316); Borsari, Amministrazione, app. II, no. 6; and DO Seals 1, no. 5.21.