Andronikos III Grand Komnenos

1. Life

Andronikos Grand Komnenos, the later Emperor Andronikos III, was born in the city of Trebizond during the first half of the 14th century. He was the son of the Emperor of Trebizond Alexios II Grand Komnenos (1297-1330) and the daughter of the ruler Pekai, a vassal of the king of Iberia (Georgia); he was consanguineous brother of Basil Grand Komnenos, the future emperor (1332-1340), and of Eudokia Grand Komnene. He was also the half-brother of Michael Anachoutlou, Georgios Achpougas and Anna Anachoutlou, the later empress (1341-1342).

2. Deeds

In 1330 Andronikos succeeded his father Alexios II on the throne, taking the regnal name Andronikos III Grand Komnenos. After his proclamation as emperor, he sought to firmly establish his hold on power and ordered his two half-brothers murdered.1 During his reign he repelled an invasion of the Turkmen led by Pairames. There are no other historical evidence for his reign. He passed away on January 8, 1332.

1. During that period Basil Grand Komnenos, the future Emperor Basil (1332-1340), was in Constantinople. See Miller, W., Trebizond. The Last Greek Empire (London 1926), p. 43.