Demetrios Tzamplakon

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Demetrios Tzamplakon (Greek: Δημήτριος Τζαμπλάκων, fl. 1345–1366/67) was a Byzantine aristocrat and senior military leader.

The Tzamplakones were an important and wealthy aristocratic family attested since the mid-13th century, when one of its members achieved the high military rank of Domestic of the Schools. Alexios Tzamplakon, Demetrios' father, was this man's son.[1][2] His brothers, Asomatianos and Arsenios, also achieved high offices during the same period.[3] Demetrios was married to Eudokia Palaiologina and had several children, whose names are unknown.[2]

Demetrios is first attested in 1345, already holding the senior military rank of megas stratopedarches, during the siege of Serres by the forces of the Serbian ruler Stephen Dushan. A large part of the city's population, under Manuel Asen, wanted to surrender the city to the Serbs, while Tzamplakon led the loyalist faction.[2][4] After the city's fall, he withdrew to Christoupolis (modern Kavala), and is still attested in the 1360s.[2]


  1. ^ Kazhdan (1991), p. 2135
  2. ^ a b c d PLP 27755
  3. ^ Guilland (1967), pp. 509, 550
  4. ^ Guilland (1967), p. 509