Theophilos Erotikos (10th century)

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Theophilos Erotikos (Greek: Θεόφιλος Ἐρωτικός, fl. 940s) was a 10th-century Byzantine jurist and official.


His origin and family are unknown, except that he was a relative by marriage of a certain patrikios Nikephoros, who was appointed by Constantine VII (r. 945–959) as teacher of geometry at the University of Constantinople.[1] He is first mentioned in 945 as the Eparch of Constantinople, having evidently occupied the office already under Romanos I Lekapenos (r. 920–944).[1][2]

In the aftermath of an earthquake in 945/6 he was charged with caring for the citizens whose homes were destroyed, but his officials, especially a certain Zonaras, wasted the allocated funds.[1] Nevertheless, soon after (before March 947), he was promoted successively to the senior legal office of quaestor and the rank of patrikios.[1][2] He was generally recognized as an excellent jurist and administrator.[2] As quaestor, he was possibly the successor of the magistros Kosmas.[1]

The date of his death is unknown, however he is mentioned as being dead in a law of 961. He was succeeded in his office as quaestor by Theodore Dekapolites.[1][2] He may have been a maternal ancestor of Manuel Erotikos Komnenos, founder of the Komnenian dynasty.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g PmbZ, Theophilos Erotikos (#28154).
  2. ^ a b c d Guilland 1967, p. 185.