no image
Privacy Level: Open (White)

Thekla (Tourkos) Byzantium

Thekla Byzantium formerly Tourkos
Born [date unknown] [location unknown]
[sibling(s) unknown]
Wife of — married [date unknown] [location unknown]
Descendants descendants
Died about in Constantinople, Byzantine Empiremap
Profile last modified | Created 21 Mar 2011
This page has been accessed 1,260 times.


Thekla of BYZANTIUM, died about 823.

Wikipedia: Thekla is considered a daughter of Bardanes Tourkos and his wife Domnika. Her parents are considered to be Armenians.
According to Theophanes the Confessor, Thekla was the daughter of an unnamed strategos of the Anatolic Theme, where Michael served. On this account, her father has been identified with the general and later rebel Bardanes Tourkos. Michael, along with Leo the Armenian and Thomas the Slav, were close associates of Bardanes, although during his revolt in summer 803, both Michael and Leo deserted him.
Thekla and Michael had only one known son, the Emperor Theophilos (813 – 20 January 842). The existence of a daughter called Helena is possible but there is a contradiction between different sources. Helena is known as the wife of Theophobos, a patrician executed in 842 for conspiring to gain the throne for himself. George Hamartolus and Theophanes report him marrying the sister of the Empress Theodora. Joseph Genesius records Theophobos marrying the sister of the Emperor Theophilos. Whether Helena was sister or sister-in-law to Theophilos is thus unclear.
In 820, Leo V accused his former comrade-in-arms Michael of conspiring against him. Michael was imprisoned but managed to escape. Michael organized the assassination of Leo in the cathedral Hagia Sophia on Christmas, 820. Leo had entered the cathedral unarmed and was thus unable to successfully defend himself. Michael succeeded him as Emperor with Thekla becoming the new Empress.
Her term as Augusta was brief and unremarkable. She died c. 823. Michael procceeded to marry Euphrosyne, a daughter of Constantine VI[1]


  1. Wikipedia,_wife_of_Michael_II


  • WikiTree profile UNKNOWN-83465 created through the import of heinakuu2011-6.ged on Jul 5, 2011 by Johanna Amnelin. See the Changes page for the details of edits by Johanna and others.
  • This person was created on 21 March 2011 through the import of LJ Pellman Consolidated Family_2011-03-21.ged.
  • This person was created through the import of Acrossthepond.ged on 21 February 2011.

More Genealogy Tools

Sponsored Search

Is Thekla your relative? Please don't go away!
 star icon Login to collaborate or comment, or
 star icon contact private message the profile manager, or
 star icon ask our community of genealogists a question.
Sponsored Search by

No known carriers of Thekla's DNA have taken a DNA test.

Have you taken a DNA test? If so, login to add it. If not, see our friends at Ancestry DNA.


Leave a message for others who see this profile.
There are no comments yet.
Login to post a comment.

Thekla is 39 degrees from Alicia Taylor, 22 degrees from Henry VIII of England and 44 degrees from Rembrandt van Rijn on our single family tree. Login to find your connection.

T  >  Tourkos  |  B  >  Byzantium  >  Thekla (Tourkos) Byzantium