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Theodorias (province)

Provincia Theodorias
επαρχία Θεοδωριάδος
Province of the Byzantine Empire
528–7th Century
CapitalLaodicea
Historical eraAntiquity
• Established by emperor Justinian I
528
7th Century
Preceded by
Succeeded by
Syria Prima
Syria Secunda
Bilad al-Sham
Today part of Syria

Theodorias (Greek: Θεοδωριάς) was a Byzantine province created in 528 by Emperor Justinian I and named in honour of his wife, the Empress Theodora.[1]

History

It comprised a small coastal territory taken from the earlier provinces of Syria Prima and Syria Secunda. The new province remained part of the Diocese of the East. Its capital was Laodicea (in Syria; now Latakia), and it also included the cities of Paltus (Arab al-Mulk), Balaneae and Gabala. Ecclesiastically, these cities retained their former allegiances to the metropolitan bishops of Syria Prima and Secunda:[1] Antioch and Apamea in Syria.

The province survived until the Muslim conquest of Syria in the 630s.

References

  1. ^ a b Kazhdan, Alexander (Ed.) (1991). Oxford Dictionary of Byzantium. Oxford University Press. p. 2049. ISBN 978-0-19-504652-6.CS1 maint: extra text: authors list (link)