Inscribed blocks near Ladik (Laodikeia Katakekaumene) and the Mavrozomes family

ALP A. O., Arslan A.

Byzantinische Zeitschrift, vol.117, no.1, pp.1-18, 2024 (AHCI) identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 117 Issue: 1
  • Publication Date: 2024
  • Doi Number: 10.1515/bz-2024-0002
  • Journal Name: Byzantinische Zeitschrift
  • Journal Indexes: Arts and Humanities Citation Index (AHCI), Scopus, IBZ Online, Periodicals Index Online, L'Année philologique, ATLA Religion Database, Index Islamicus, Linguistic Bibliography, MLA - Modern Language Association Database, DIALNET
  • Page Numbers: pp.1-18
  • Anadolu University Affiliated: Yes


This article deals with inscribed architectural blocks used as spolia on a fountain and mosque at Kurşunlu near Ladik (Laodikeia Katakekaumene), featuring the names Alexios Komnenos, John Komnenos, and Hilarion. Although suggesting ties to Komnenian emperors initially, Byzantine-Seljuk complexities yield diverse interpretations. Analyzing historical events through contemporary resources and documents reveals a potential association with the Mavrozomes family, sharing the emperors' names. This lineage emerges as a credible hypothesis, surpassing the less convincing identification of Alexios and John II Komnenos. The Kurşunlu inscriptions provide a new perspective on their influential role in political and cultural interactions between the Seljuk Sultanate of Rum and the Byzantines. However, ambiguity surrounding the mentioned individuals leaves the historical narrative partially veiled, emphasizing the ongoing quest to understand the nuanced contributions of the Mavrozomes family to the 13th century political and cultural landscape.