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Despite a short reign, he succeeded in consolidating the military position of the empire.He practised all kinds of economy to restore financial stability, confiscating assets which had previously been distributed by his predecessors.series, rather than the original Greek (unless a conflict is obvious), because it is assumed that more users of Medieval Lands will be familiar with Latin than Greek (also because the compilers knowledge of the Greek language is limited).The on-line Prosopography of the Byzantine World database (2006.02) produced by King's College, London has also been consulted, especially for seals.

During the interlude between his abdication in 1059 and the accession of Emperor Alexios I in 1081, the Doukas, Diogenes and Botaneiates families provided emperors.The Alexeiad names "Manuel, father of the previous emperor Isaakios Komnenos and his brother Ioannes (who was my grandfather on the paternal side)" when recording that he was "promoted supreme commander of all the east by the then emperor Basileios"The Alexeiad names "Manuel, father of the previous emperor Isaakios Komnenos and his brother Ioannes (who was my grandfather on the paternal side)" when recording that he was "promoted supreme commander of all the east by the then emperor Basileios"Cedrenus names "magister Isaacius Comnenus, magister Catacalo Ambustus" as leaders of the noble party in the army who opposed the succession of Emperor Mikhael VI Stratiotikos, adding that the latter had abrogated the appointment of "Catacalo Ambustus" as magister and "dux Antiochi" and replaced him by "Michaelum patruelem suum".Isaakios defeated the imperial army at Hades near Nikaia and marched on Constantinople.These were unsuccessful times for the empire, which was attacked by the Norman rulers of Apulia in the west and the Seljuk Turks in the east, and in addition suffered incompetent internal government.Emperor Alexios resumed the process of reconstruction.