Progon family

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Country  Byzantine Empire (before 1204)
Byzantine Empire Despotate of Epirus (after 1204)
Ethnicity Albanian
Founded ca. 1190
Final ruler Dimitri
Titles archon
megas archon
Dissolution 1216

The Progon family (Albanian: Progoni) established the first Albanian state,[1] the Principality of Arbër, which fell under the influence of the Byzantine Empire, the Despotate of Epirus and the Kingdom of Serbia.[2] Progon, the founder, held the title of archon (lord), while one of his sons, Dimitri, held the title of panhypersebastos. The family had a considerable degree of autonomy.

The family disappears in historical sources after 1216, following the death of Dimitri.


See also



  1. ^ Clements 1992, p. 31: "By 1190, Byzantium's power had so receded that the archon Progon succeeded in establishing the first Albanian state of the Middle Ages, a principality."
  2. ^ Ducellier 1999, p. 786: "However, owing to the proximity of a Serbia in full expansion and of the Epirote princes, little Arbanon, shut away in the hinterland, with its main political center in Kruja, opted for a continuing attachment to the Orthodox tradition and for subjection to Epiros, as well as alliance to Serbia."


  • Clements, John (1992). Clements' Encyclopedia of World Governments. 10. Dallas, TX: Political Research, Incorporated.
  • Ducellier, Alain (1999). "24(b) – Eastern Europe: Albania, Serbia and Bulgaria". In Abulafia, David. The New Cambridge Medieval History: Volume 5, c.1198 – c.1300. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. pp. 779–795. ISBN 978-0-52-136289-4.
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