Andronikos III Palaiologos (Greek: Ανδρόνικος Γʹ Παλαιολόγος; 25 March 1297 – 15 June 1341), was Roman emperor from 1328 to 1341. Born Andronikos Doukas Angelos Komnenos Palaiologos (Greek: Ἀνδρόνικος Δούκας Ἄγγελος Κομνηνός Παλαιολόγος), he was the son of Michael IX Palaiologos and Rita of Armenia. He was proclaimed co-emperor in his youth, before 1313, and in April 1321 he rebelled in opposition to his grandfather, Andronikos II Palaiologos. He was formally crowned co-emperor on February 1325, before ousting his grandfather outright and becoming sole emperor on 24 May 1328.

The emperor would have an affair that would lead to the birth of a boy named Stephanos, who would assume the family name of his mother, becoming the apical ancestor of the branch of the House of Anemas which would later restore the Roman Empire. His early death left a power vacuum that resulted in the disastrous civil war between his Empress-dowager, Anna of Savoy, and his closest friend and supporter, the future emperor Ioannes VI Kantakouzenos. He was succeeded by his legitimate son, Ioannes V Palaiologos.


Andronikos III Palaiologos
Palaiologos dynasty
Born: 25 March 1297 Died: 15 June 1341
Regnal titles
Preceded by
Andronikos II
Roman Emperor
with Andronikos II (1325–1328)
Succeeded by
John V

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