Konstantinos VII Porphyrogen MAMIKONIAN, Byzantine Emperor
Helena LEKAPÉNA, Empress of Byzantium
(Abt 915-961)
Krateros "the Wine Seller"
Rómanos II MAMIKONIAN, Byzantine Emperor
Theofano (née Anastasia) KRATERINA, Empress of Byzantium
(943-Aft 969)
Anna MAMIKONIAN, Byzantine Princess


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St. Vladimir I "Velikiy/the Great" Svyatoslavich RURIK, Grand Prince of Kiev

Anna MAMIKONIAN, Byzantine Princess

  • Born: 13 Mar 963, Constantinople
  • Married: 988, Khersones, Crimea
  • Died: 1011/22

  Research Notes:

Cedrenus records that "filiam…Annæ" was born two days before the death of Emperor Romanos II. The Primary Chronicle names "Anna, sister of Emperors Basil and Constantine", recording her brothers agreement to her marriage to Vladimir on condition that he accepted baptism, and her arrival and marriage at Kherson. An earlier passage in the same source identifies the place as “Kherson, a Greek city”. This suggests that the place in question was the Greek colony of Khersones, west of Sebastopol in Crimea. Zonaras records that "Uladimero ducem [Russorum]" married "sorore Anna" (referring to Basileios and Konstantinos). The marriage marked the start of considerably increased influence for the Greek Orthodox church in Russia, as the new Russian church reported to the Patriarch of Constantinople.

The sources are contradictory regarding the dating of Anna’s death. The Primary Chronicle records the death of Anna wife of Vladimir, dated to [1008/11] from the context. Cedrenus records that "Anna imperatoris sorore" died "in Rossia", adding that her husband had already died, in a passage following the record of events dated to [1022], adding that "Chrysochir quidam Bladimeri cognatus" (not yet identified) sailed for Constantinople after she died but was defeated and killed at Lemnos by "Davido Achridensi Sami præfecto ac Nicephoro Cabasila duce Thessalonicæ". 1

  Marriage Information:

Anna married St. Vladimir I "Velikiy/the Great" Svyatoslavich RURIK, Grand Prince of Kiev, son of Svyatoslav I Igorevich RURIK, Grand Prince of Kiev, and Malusha of Lyubech, in 988 in Khersones, Crimea. (St. Vladimir I "Velikiy/the Great" Svyatoslavich RURIK was born about 958 in Kiev, Ukraine and died on 15 Jul 1015 in Berestovo, Kiev, Ukraine.)


1 Foundation for Medieval Genealogy, Medlands: Anna.

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