Comninus (Kominos)

(kŏmnē´nes) , family name of several Byzantine emperors— Isaac I ,
Alexius I , John II , Manuel I , Alexius II , and Andronicus I —who
reigned in the 11th and 12th cent., and of the historian, Princess Anna
Comnena . Though unable to turn back the forces that contributed to
the eventual downfall of the Byzantine Empire , they were generally
able rulers. Hellenism was revived during the family's reign, and
contact with the West was increased. A branch of the family founded
the empire of Trebizond (see Trebizond, empire of ) after the fall of
Constantinople in 1204.