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Niketas bishop of Servia (eleventh century, second half)

 
 

Obverse

Bust of the Virgin orans. Sigla: : Μήτηρ Θεο. Indeterminate border.

Reverse

Inscription of four lines. No visible border.

ΣΦΡΑΓ
ΝΙΚΙΤΑΣ
ΕΡΙΕΠ
ΙΣΚΟΠ

Σφραγὶς Νικίτα Σερβίου ἐπισκόπου

Obverse

Bust of the Virgin orans. Sigla: : Μήτηρ Θεο. Indeterminate border.

Reverse

Inscription of four lines. No visible border.

ΣΦΡΑΓ
ΝΙΚΙΤΑΣ
ΕΡΙΕΠ
ΙΣΚΟΠ

Σφραγὶς Νικίτα Σερβίου ἐπισκόπου

Accession number BZS.1955.1.5020
Diameter 16.0 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 1, no. 25.2.
Laurent, Corpus V/3, no. 1730; cf. Wassiliou-Seibt, Siegel mit metrischen Legenden II, no. 2673.

Translation

Σφραγὶς Νικίτα Σερβίου ἐπισκόπου.

Seal of Niketas bishop of Servia.

Commentary

The reverse inscription is a twelve-syllable verse. Laurent rightly noted that the singular form, τὸ Σέρβιον, must be of popular origin.

Servia (modern Servia), southwest of Berroia, was established as a suffragan see of Thessalonica by the turn of the tenth century (Darrouzès, Notitiae, 278), if not earlier (see DO Seals 1, no. 25.1); cf. Laurent, Corpus V/3, 84-85. A strategos was also set up in Servia shortly before 1001; cf. Kekaumenos, 174, 433-35; Konstantopoulos, Stamoules, no. 85; Zakythinos, Mélétai 17 (1941) 226-27.