Progon family

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

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 Serbian Kingdom.[2] Progon, the founder, held the title of archon (lord), while one of his sons, Dimitri, held the title of panhypersebastos. The family enjoyed a considerable degree of autonomy.

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



  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. Abulafia, p. 786: "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..."


  • Kristo Frashëri (1964), The history of Albania: a brief survey. Publisher: s.n.
  • John Clements (1992), Clements' encyclopedia of world governments, Volume 10, Publisher: Political Research, inc.
  • David Abulafia, The New Cambridge Medieval History: c. 1198-c. 1300

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