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Maria Skleraina

Death: before 969
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Photeinos (Munir) Skleros and Gregoria
Wife of John I “Tzimiskes” Eastern Roman Emperor
Sister of Konstantinos Skleros; Anna Skleraina and Bardas Skleros

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About Maria Skleraina

Maria Skleraina= 1

  • b. circa 917
  • Father Niketas Skleros1 b. circa 885
  • Mother Gregoria Mamikonean1 b. circa 890

Maria Skleraina was related to Theophano Skleraina, Römische Kaiserin; described in the imperial marriage diploma, as the emperor John Tzimiskes' "neptis" or niece (given that John's first wife was Maria Skleraina, Theophano's putative paternal aunt). Maria Skleraina was born circa 917. She was the daughter of Niketas Skleros and Gregoria Mamikonean.1

Maria Skleraina married John I Tzimisces Kourkouas, basileus Rhomaiôn, son of Theodoras Kourkouas and N. N. Phocaina, circa 945; His 1st.1 Family John I Tzimisces Kourkouas, basileus Rhomaiôn b. 925, d. 10 January 976


1.[S269] C. W. Previté-Orton sCMH I, pg. 256, genealogy table 8, the Macedonian Dynasty and Related Families..


c) MARIA Skleraina . Leo Diaconus records that "Bardam cognomento Sclerum…cuius sororem Mariam" was previously the wife of "Ioannes"[1447].

m as his first wife, IOANNES Tzimiskes, son of --- Tzimiskes & his wife --- Kourkouas (-10 Jan 976). He succeeded in 969 as Emperor IOANNES I .

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