Aršavir KAMSARAKAN of Armenia, Quaestor
(-Aft 808)
Theodosia KAMSARAKAN, Empress of Byzantium
(-Aft 824)


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Leon V "the Armenian", Byzantine Emperor

Theodosia KAMSARAKAN, Empress of Byzantium

  • Married:
  • Died: After 824, Island of Prote (Kiniliadi), Sea of Marmara, off the coast of Turkey

  Research Notes:

Theophanes Continuatus names "Theodosia…Arsaberis filia" as the wife of Emperor Leon V. Genesius names "Augusta Theodosia…Arsaberis filia, patricii…et quæstoris". It is probable that her marriage took place before her husband's accession, assuming that her son Symbatios was not a new-born baby when crowned co-emperor in Apr 814. If Symbatios had been new-born at the time, it is likely that he would have been baptised Konstantinos immediately and referred to in the sources as porphyrogennetos. As it is, "Symbatios" (=Smbat) is one of the typically Armenian names which Leon would have used for his children before his accession. Genesius records that "uxor eius Procopia" (referring to the wife of Emperor Mikhael I) referred to the wife of Emperor Leon as "Barcam" (boat) after her husband's accession, presumably as a term of derision. Genesius records that "coniuge et quatuor filiis…" were sent "in Proten insulam". Theophanes Continuatus records that Emperor Mikhael II sent "Leonis…uxorem…cum quattuor liberis…" to the island of Prote in exile. She and her son Basileios were joint addressees of a letter from Theodoros the Stoudite written to her in [821/24] after her exile in which her father is named. Zonaras records that, during her exile, she and her sons were allowed to live on the revenues from some of their estates and to have attendants. 1

  Marriage Information:

Theodosia married Leon V "the Armenian", Byzantine Emperor, son of Bardas of Armenia, "Patrikios". (Leon V "the Armenian" died on 25 Dec 820 in Santa Sofia, Constantinople.)


1 Foundation for Medieval Genealogy, Medlands: Leon "the Armenian".

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