AlMA: The blood of the grand komnenoi

Rustam Shukurov*

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The emperor Manuel I Komnenos (1143–80) asked a certain fortune teller, how long the dynasty of Alexios I Komnenos (1081–1118) would reign. The prophetic response was the word αιμα (blood), the first three letters designating the first initials of the Komnenian emperors in the order of succession, namely, Alexios I, John II (1118-43), Manuel I, the last alpha for the name of Manuel's future successor.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)161-181
Number of pages21
JournalByzantine and Modern Greek Studies
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 1995


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