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Papers of BAS. Humanities and Social Sciences

Vol. 9, 2022, No. 2

Some observations on Komētopouloi’s genealogy in Bulgaria

Georgi N. Nikolov

Abstract. The paper has made use of notices given by the Byzantine scholars Ioannes Scylitzes, Ioannes Zonaras, Michael Psellos, Anna Comnena etc., as well as by the Armenian chronographer Stepanos of Taron. There have been shown examples to demonstrate the genealogical kinship of the Bulgarians in comparison with characters taken from the Old-Testament history. For the first time has been supported the position that Samuil had been the oldest of the four brothers - the Komētopouloi David, Moses, Aaron and Samuil. Convincing evidence has been proposed that the Komētopouloi were related by blood with the Bulgarian dynasty founded by the Bulgarian Khan Krum (796-814).

Keywords: genealogy, Khan Krum’s dynasty, Komētopouloi, Tsar Samuil, The Old Testament