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(Unknown member of the Dalassena family)


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  1. 1.  (Unknown member of the Dalassena family) (daughter of Adrianos Dalassenos).

    Family/Spouse: Alexios Charon. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]

    1. Anna Dalassene, Regent of the Byzantine Empire was born between 1025 and 1030 in Italy; died on 1 Nov 1100.

Generation: 2

  1. 2.  Adrianos Dalassenos (son of Theophylac Dalassenos).
    1. 1. (Unknown member of the Dalassena family)

Generation: 3

  1. 4.  Theophylac Dalassenos (son of Damian Dalassenos); died after 1039.


    From Wikipedia:

    He first appears in 998, when he accompanied his father, then holding the post of doux of Antioch, in battle against the Fatimids. In the resulting Battle of Apamea Damian was killed and Theophylact, along with his brother Constantine, were taken prisoner. They were then sold on to the Fatimid general Jaysh al-Samsama for 6,000 gold dinars, spending the next ten years in captivity in the Fatimid capital of Cairo.

    Following his release he continued his military career, but his life is obscure until 1021/22, by which time, according to Yahya of Antioch, he held the rank of protospatharios and droungarios (most likely the post of droungarios tes viglas). In August 1022, Emperor Basil II (reigned 976–1025) appointed him strategos (military governor) of the Anatolic Theme and gave him money to raise troops, with the task of suppressing the rebellion of Nikephoros Xiphias and Nikephoros Phokas Barytrachelos. In the end, the two rebels fell out and Xiphias had Phokas assassinated; as the rebellion collapsed, Dalassenos took Xiphias prisoner and brought him for trial to Constantinople.

    From his surviving seals of office, it is known that he further held the rank of the posts of katepano of Iberia (likely before 1021), and katepano of Vaspurakan (after 1027). His last post, likely in 1032–34, was that of doux of Antioch, with the ranks of anthypatos patrikios and vestes, also attested by a seal. Emperor Michael IV the Paphlagonian (r. 1034–41), however, suspected the Dalassenoi of consipring to usurp the throne; Theophylact's career therefore probably ended in 1034, and the entire family was banished in August 1039. Another seal records that he held the supreme court rank of magistros as well, but it is unclear whether this was already before 1034 or whether he was awarded it after Michael IV's death.

    1. 2. Adrianos Dalassenos

Generation: 4

  1. 8.  Damian Dalassenos was born about 940; died on 19 Jul 998 in Apamea, Syria.


    Governor of Antioch from 995/6 to his death. Killed in the Battle of Apamea. Progenitor of the Dalassenos noble family.

    1. 4. Theophylac Dalassenos died after 1039.