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Isaakios Komninos

, , 1093 - 1152

  Third son of the emperor Alexios I Komninos and Irini Douka, he received from his father the title of caesar and was elevated to the rank of sevastokrator (prince) by his brother, emperor Ioannis II. Aspiring to usurp his brother’s throne, he plotted with state officials and all the enemies of Byzantium (Muslims, Armenians and Latins) while he was in exile. During his pilgrimage to the Holy Land, he had built at his own expense an aqueduct to the monastery of St. John the Baptist near the Jordan river. With the sudden death of Ioannis II, Isaakios asserted his right to the throne over that of the legitimate heirs, Isaakios and Manouil, without success. He married a certain Irini, with whom he had two sons and two daughters. With the appearance of the first symptoms of a fatal illness (1150) his thirst for power ceased. In 1151/2 he founded and endowed the large monastery of the Virgin Kosmosoteira at Vira with his immense estates at Ainos. And there he was buried despite having prepared a luxurious tomb in the narthex of the Monastery of Chora in Constantinople. He also drew up the book of rules and regulations (Typikon) for the Kosmosoteira monastery, the text of which has survived to this day. The figure of St. Merkourios in a fresco decorating the monastery church is thought to be his portrait.

This text is cited Apr 2003 from the Thracian Electronic Thesaurus URL below, of Democritus University of Thrace

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