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Constantine Maleinos

Constantine Maleinos (16/2/2006 v.1) Κωνσταντίνος Μαλεΐνος (14/10/2005 v.1)

Constantine Maleinos was born at the end of the 9th or the beginning of the 10th century, possibly in Cappadocia. He was member of a powerful family of the military aristocracy of Asia Minor situated in the theme of Charsianon. He reached the summit of his career in the middle of the 10th century, when he held the office of strategos; he was also member of the Senate and he was honored with the title of patrikios. He participated in the battle of Andrasus in 960. He died at the end of the 960’s...



Constantine Skleros

Constantine Skleros - to be assigned Κωνσταντίνος Σκληρός - to be assigned


Katakalon Kekaumenos

Katakalon Kekaumenos - to be assigned Κατακαλών Κεκαυμένος - to be assigned


Manuel Laskaris

Manuel Laskaris  (26/1/2006 v.1) Μανουήλ Λάσκαρις (14/10/2005 v.1)

Manuel Laskaris was a member of the Laskaris family and one of the six brothers of Theodore I Laskaris (1204-1222). In the years of John III Vatatzes (1222-1254), he was in disgrace, while when Theodore II Laskaris assumed the throne (1254-1958), he was recalled along with the rest of his relatives. He became an important trusty counselor of the emperor and was honoured by him with the notable title of protosebastos. He was not a successful fighter in the battlefield, though. After Theodore II...



Nikephoros Melissenos

Nikephoros Melissenos (18/12/2008 v.1) Νικηφόρος Μελισσηνός (14/10/2005 v.1)

Nikephoros Melissenos was born ca. 1045. He was a military official and a scion of an aristocratic family of Asia Minor. In the autumn of 1080, he rebelled against the emperor Nikephoros III Botaneiates in Nicaea of Bithynia. He abandoned his imperial ambitions in April 1081 and acknowledged the power of his brother-in-law, Alexios I Komnenos, who honored him with the title of kaisaras. He died on November 17th, 1104.



Nikephoros Tarchaneiotes

Nikephoros Tarchaneiotes (8/2/2006 v.1) Νικηφόρος Ταρχανειώτης (14/10/2005 v.1)

Member of the famous aristocratic family of the Tarchaneiotai. During the reign of John III Vatatzes (1222-1254), he played a very active part in the defence of the Empire of Nicaea against external dangers. He was honoured with the titles of epi tes trapezes and megas domestikos. He died before 1258.



Philaretos the Merciful

Philaretos the Merciful (17/2/2006 v.1) Φιλάρετος ο Ελεήμων (14/10/2005 v.1)

Philaretos the Merciful was born in 702 in Amnia of Paphlagonia and died in 792 in Constantinople. He was a wealthy landowner with a charitable activity, but he was gradually led to a financial disaster. In 788, his granddaughter Maria was chosen to be the bride of the emperor Constantine VI (780-797) and his whole family moved to the capital, where Philaretos continued his charitable activity, thanks to which he became renowned and a saint of the church. His Vita was written in 821/2 by his...



Sabas Asidenos

Sabas Asidenos   (14/2/2006 v.1) Σάββας Ασιδηνός (14/10/2005 v.1)

Sabas Asidenos (second half of 12th c. - first half of 13th c.) was a court official and a relative of the imperial family of the Laskarids. In 1204, after the fall of Constantinople to the Latins, he temporarily assumed control over the valley of the lower Meander River. Towards the end of his life he was awarded the title of sebastokrator.



Theodore Mangaphas

Theodore Mangaphas (7/2/2006 v.1) Θεόδωρος Μαγκαφάς (14/10/2005 v.1)

Theodore Mangaphas was born around the mid-12th century. He was a dignitary in the Byzantine court. During the reign of Isaac II Angelos (1185-1195, 1203-1204) he took on the command of Philadelphia, where he twice attempted to establish an independent state (1188-1189 and 1204-1205). In 1205, after his defeat by the Latins, his lands came under the control of the Empire of Nicaea.