Komnen Arianiti

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Komnen Arianiti
Issue
Gjergj, Muzakë and Vladan
Noble family Arianiti
Born Central Albania
Religion Christianity
Occupation Vassal of the Republic of Venice

Komnen Arianiti (fl. 1392–1407) was an Albanian nobleman of the Arianiti family, who held an area in central Albania around Durrës. His son Gjergj became a prominent leader of the Ottoman-Albanian wars.

Life[edit]

The Albanian Academy treats him as the same person as Comin Spata (Albanian: Komin Spata,[1] Serbo-Croatian: Komnen Spata[2]), who was mentioned between 1392 and 1407.[3] That name appears in the Venetian archives. Gjergj Arianiti was also mentioned in contemporary documents as Aranit Spata.[verification needed] It is unclear whether the Arianiti adopted it through intermarriage with the Spata family of central Albania or as a toponymic derived from the region of Shpat, which they held in the Middle Ages.[4] Unclear is also his relation to the Komnenos dynasty; he may have inherited it from a paternal female ancestor that lived in the early-to-mid 13th century or adopted it as other Arianiti kinsmen in order to strengthen his claims.[5]

His domains are mentioned in contemporary Venetian sources as areas located in the vicinity of Durazzo (Durrës) (in partibus Durrachii).[6]

Family[edit]

Arianiti was married to a daughter of Nikollë Zaharia.[7] His three sons were Gjergj, Muzakë (father of Moisi Golemi) and Vladan.[6] His daughter was married to Niketa Thopia (according to Dhimitër Shuteriqi[6]) or Pal Dukagjini (according to Skënder Anamali[8]).

References[edit]

Notes
  1. ^ Akademia e Shkencave, Instituti i Historisë, 1967, p. 68

    Pra, të paktën që nga Komin Spata, kjo derë e madhe feudale e Shqipërisë së mesme e ka shtrirë pushtetin më në perëndim, duke u nisur nga zotërimet që kishte në viset e Polis-Quksit e të Mokrës, ku- fitare me Shpatin e me Vërçën e sotme.

  2. ^ Milan Šufflay (1920). Kostadin Balšić, 1392-1402: historijski roman u tri dijela. Merkur. u Špatniji vlada Komnen Spata 
  3. ^ Studime historike. Akademia e Shkencave, Instituti i Historisë. 1967. p. 60. T'anë e Gj. Aranitit, ne e kemi indentifikuar me një Comin Spata të viteve 1392-1407, jo vetëm sepse ky mban dy emra që i kanë pasur të vetët Aranitët, po edhe sepse sundon në Shqipëri të mesme. Bu- rimet venedikase atë e vendosin në ... 
  4. ^ Shuteriqi 2012, pp. 44–48
  5. ^ Shuteriqi 2012, pp. 29–37
  6. ^ a b c Shuteriqi 2012, pp. 97
  7. ^ Shuteriqi 2012, p. 57
  8. ^ Anamali, Skënder (2002), Historia e popullit shqiptar në katër vëllime (in Albanian) I, Botimet Toena, pp. 255–257, OCLC 52411919 
Sources
  • Shuteriqi, Dhimitër (2012). Zana Prela, ed. Aranitët: Historia- Gjenealogjia-Zotërimet. Toena. ISBN 978-99943-1-729-5.