Isaac Komnenos (Brother of Emperor Alexios Komnenos)

Isaac Komnenos
Isaac Komnenos was the brother of Emperor Alexios I Komnenos, who ruled the Byzantine Empire from 1081-1118. Isaac was given the title of Sebastokrator and played a major role in his brother’s military and government.

“I am forced to force those whom I do not wish to force.”

  • This quote was recorded in The Alexiad (Book 5, section 2) written by Isaac Komnenos’ niece, Anna Komnena (daughter of Emperor Alexios). This version was translated by E. R. A. Sewter and revised by Peter Frankopan (Penguin Classics, 2009).


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