Progonos Sgouros

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Progonos Sgouros
Allegiance  Byzantine Empire
Years of service late 13th century
Rank megas hetaireiarches

Progonos Sgouros (Greek: Πρόγονος Σγουρός; fl. 1294–1300) was a late 13th-century Byzantine senior military commander from Principality of Arbanon (Medieval Albania) with the rank of megas hetaireiarches.[1][2][3] He was lord of Ohrid when the city was territorially controlled by the Byzantine Empire.[4]


Progonos Sgouros, from Arbanon, was married to Eudokia, a female relative of Andronikos II Palaiologos (r. 1282–1328), becoming a gambros of the Byzantine emperor.[1][2][3]

Around 1294–1295, he restored the Church of the Virgin Peribleptos in Ohrid, at the time under Byzantine rule,[3][5] which later came to be known as St. Clement after Saint Clement of Ohrid.[1][6][7] Progonos gifted an iconostasis of 8 panels, together with an icon of the Virgin Peribleptos of which only a fragment survived, with the iconostasis depicting the main feasts of the Church.[8] The works were painted by Eutychios and Michael Astrapas, from Thessaloniki.[4][5]


  1. ^ a b c Grabar 1994, p. 139.
  2. ^ a b Velmans 2006: "La chiesa della Madre di Dio Periblepta, chiamata oggi San Clemente, a Ocrida, fu decorata nel 1295 per cura del grande eteriarca bizantino Arbanas Progon Sgouros, strettamente imparentato con la famiglia imperiale tramite matrimonio."
  3. ^ a b c Nicol 1986, p. 161 (Note #87): "An Albanian by the name of Progon Sgouros (Πρόγονος τοũ Σγούρου) and with the title of hetaireiarches restored the church of St. Clement of Ochrida about 1295."
  4. ^ a b Constantinides 1992, p. 283.
  5. ^ a b Sakellariou 1992, p. 346.
  6. ^ The Hellenic Ministry of Culture 1998.
  7. ^ Sakellariou 1992, p. 338.
  8. ^ Rice & Rice 1974, pp. 34, 45.