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Niketas bishop of Poroi (eleventh century)

 
 

Obverse

Bust of the Virgin, holding Christ. Vertical sigla preserved partially on right: Μ̅|.: Μήτηρ Θεο. Indeterminate border.

Reverse

Inscription of five lines. Indeterminate border.

.ΝΙΚΗ
ΤΑΝΑΓ
ΠΟΙΜΕΝΑ
ΠΟΡΝ
ΣΚ.Π,

Νικήταν, Ἁγνή, ποιμένα Πόρων σκέποις

Obverse

Bust of the Virgin, holding Christ. Vertical sigla preserved partially on right: Μ̅|.: Μήτηρ Θεο. Indeterminate border.

Reverse

Inscription of five lines. Indeterminate border.

.ΝΙΚΗ
ΤΑΝΑΓ
ΠΟΙΜΕΝΑ
ΠΟΡΝ
ΣΚ.Π,

Νικήταν, Ἁγνή, ποιμένα Πόρων σκέποις

Accession number BZS.1955.1.4991
Diameter 17.0 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 1, no. 58.1. Laurent, Corpus V/3, no. 1768 (misread); cf. Wassiliou-Seibt, Siegel mit metrischen Legenden II, no. 1475.

Translation

Νικήταν, Ἁγνή, ποιμένα Πόρων σκέποις.

May you protect Niketas, Pure one, bishop of Poroi.

Commentary

This see was located along the VIa Egnatia at modern Toxotai in Thrace and was a suffragan bishopric of Traïanoupolis. Cf. Laurent, Corpus V/3, 117. It was in existence as early as the ninth century; a bishop is known to have attended the council of 879 (Θρακικά 14 [1940], 160).

Bibliography

  • Catalogue of the Byzantine Seals at Dumbarton Oaks and at the Fogg Museum of Art, Vol. 1: Italy, North of the Balkans, North of the Black Sea (Open in Zotero)
  • Le Corpus des sceaux de l’empire byzantin (Open in Zotero)
  • Corpus der byzantinischen Siegel mit metrischen Legenden, Vol. 2, Siegellegenden von Ny bis inklusive Sphragis (Open in Zotero)