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The governors of the themes were henceforth all called doux, and their deputies katepan. Aiming to humiliate the senatorial class, Emperor Alexios also removed the need for acclamation by the senate after the election of the emperor The successors of Emperor Manuel Komnenos were unable to maintain their grip on power.
Emperor Manuel's young son Alexios fell under the influence of his mother, a Latin princess from Antioch.
The Komnenos family of emperors succeeded in 1057 after Isaakios Komnenos defeated the imperial army of Emperor Mikhael VI Stratiotikos, the unpopular successor appointed by Empress Theodora.
Years of corruption and outside aggression had depleted the empire of economic resources and territory.
He also created the office of logothetis ton sekreton, in charge of all civil administration of the empire.
The themes (regional provinces) were reduced in size and importance.
In some cases these have been reproduced in the present document from the relevant tables in Europische Stammtafeln An earlier version of this document was reviewed in detail by Morris Bierbrier, who made additions and corrections where indicated ("MB" in the footnotes). He became a general in the army of Emperor Basileios II who granted him lands in the Castamon district of Paphlagonia, where he built the castle known as Castra Komnenon.The Alexeiad names "Manuel, father of the previous emperor Isaakios Komnenos and his brother Ioannes (who was my grandfather on the paternal side)" when recording that he was "promoted supreme commander of all the east by the then emperor Basileios"The Alexeiad names "Manuel, father of the previous emperor Isaakios Komnenos and his brother Ioannes (who was my grandfather on the paternal side)" when recording that he was "promoted supreme commander of all the east by the then emperor Basileios"Cedrenus names "magister Isaacius Comnenus, magister Catacalo Ambustus" as leaders of the noble party in the army who opposed the succession of Emperor Mikhael VI Stratiotikos, adding that the latter had abrogated the appointment of "Catacalo Ambustus" as magister and "dux Antiochi" and replaced him by "Michaelum patruelem suum".Isaakios defeated the imperial army at Hades near Nikaia and marched on Constantinople.It is not known whether Isaakios was older or younger than his sister Maria.The Alexeiad names "Isaakios and Alexios" when recording that they had "an elder brother Manuel, the first-born of all the children [of] Ioannes Komnenos" and states that Isaakios became "duke of Antioch after being elected by lot"Nikeforos Bryennios records that "Isaacium Comnenum Alexii fratrem" was declared "ducem Antiochi", after the death of protoprohedro Iosepho Trachaneota duce Antiochi when eius filius magister Catacalo was unable to control riots in the town, dated to The Alexeiad records that he was granted the new title of sbastokrator by his brother Emperor Alexios I in 1081, combining the words sbastos and autokrator, in order to give him precedence over their brother-in-law Nikeforos Melissenos.