Cantacuzino family

Cantacuzino family

The Cantacuzino (Cantacuzène) family has its origins in the Byzantine Empire. Its most illustrious member was emperor John VI Kantakouzenos. The family's roots in the Byzantine Empire are well documented.Jean-Michel Cantacuzène, Mille ans dans les Balkans Editions CHRISTIAN Paris (1992) ISBN 2-86486-054-0.] Verify source|date=September 2008

Byzantine family

The origin of the Byzantine family "Kantakouzenos" can be traced back to Smyrna. The name allegedly originates in a corruption of the Greek language phrase identifying their estates on a mountain just outside of Smyrna.

Anna Komnena recorded that a General Na. Cantacuzino led Byzantine troops at the siege of Antioch during the First Crusade.Fact|date=February 2007

Branches after the Byzantine Period

The family is currently divided into several branches: the Greek branch, which was downgraded to the level of peasantry during the Ottoman period, the Romanian (Wallachian and Moldavian) branches and the Russian branch (which is an offshoot of the Moldavian branch). As a consequence of the Russian Revolution and the Soviet occupation of Romania after World War II, the last two branches now mostly live in Western Europe and North America.Verify source|date=September 2008

Notable members

*Şerban Cantacuzino, Voivode of Wallachia
*Ştefan Cantacuzino, Voivode of Wallachia
*Pârvu Cantacuzino, Ban of Oltenia, the leader of an anti-Ottoman rebellion in 1769
*Gheorghe Grigore Cantacuzino, Prime Minister of Romania
*Ioan Cantacuzino, physician and scientist
*Constantin Cantacuzino, World War II flying ace

ee also

*"Cantacuzino Bible"


External links

* [ Romanian Society at the Dawn of Modern Ages (17th-18th Centuries)]

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