Theodorias (province)

Provincia Theodorias
επαρχία Θεοδωριάδος
Province of the Byzantine Empire


528–7th Century
Capital Laodicea
Historical era Antiquity
  Established by emperor Justinian I 528
  Muslim conquest of Syria 7th Century
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]


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.


  1. 1 2 Kazhdan, Alexander (Ed.) (1991). Oxford Dictionary of Byzantium. Oxford University Press. p. 2049. ISBN 978-0-19-504652-6.

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