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Niketas son of Chrysopolites, protospatharios and epi tou Chrysotriklinou (eleventh century)

 
 

Obverse

Bust of St Niketas; details indistinct. A vertical inscription visible at right: Κ|Η|Τ: [ὁ ἅ(γιος) Νι]κήτ(ας). Border of dots.

Reverse

Inscription of six lines beginning with a cross. Linear border.

ΚΕ̅.
ΝΙΚΗΤ.
ΑΣΠΑΘΑΡ,
ΕΠΙΤΓ.
ΤΤΧ.
Σ̣ΟΠΟ̣

Κ(ύρι)ε β(οή)[θ(ει)] Νικήτ[ᾳ] (πρωτο)σπαθαρ(ίῳ) [(καὶ)] ἐπὶ τοῦ Χρ(υσο)(τρι)[κ(λίνου)] τῷ τοῦ Χ[(ρυ)]σοπο[λ(ίτου)]

Obverse

Bust of St Niketas; details indistinct. A vertical inscription visible at right: Κ|Η|Τ: [ὁ ἅ(γιος) Νι]κήτ(ας). Border of dots.

Reverse

Inscription of six lines beginning with a cross. Linear border.

ΚΕ̅.
ΝΙΚΗΤ.
ΑΣΠΑΘΑΡ,
ΕΠΙΤΓ.
ΤΤΧ.
Σ̣ΟΠΟ̣

Κ(ύρι)ε β(οή)[θ(ει)] Νικήτ[ᾳ] (πρωτο)σπαθαρ(ίῳ) [(καὶ)] ἐπὶ τοῦ Χρ(υσο)(τρι)[κ(λίνου)] τῷ τοῦ Χ[(ρυ)]σοπο[λ(ίτου)]

Accession number BZS.1958.106.3789
Diameter 24.0 mm
Previous Editions

Translation

Κύριε βοήθει Νικήτᾳ πρωτοσπαθαρίῳ καὶ ἐπὶ τοῦ Χρυσοτρικλίνου τῷ τοῦ Χρυσοπολίτου.

Lord, help Niketas, protospatharios and epi tou Chrysotriklinou, son (or man) of Chrysopolites.

Commentary

The reading of the last lines is by no means sure. We take the words restored as τῷ τοῦ Χρυσοπολίτου as a patronymic or as an indication of the owner's patron-client relationship with a certain Chrysopolites, i.e. "man of Chrysopolites."