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House of Afentoulis
Afentoulis Ancient CoA.png House of Afentoulis CoA.png
Coats of Arms
(Ancient and Moderne)
CountryMouzilo, United Empire, United Empire of Hasanistan and Mouzilo, Ashukovo
Titles • Basileus of Mouzilo
  • Grand Duke of Imvrassia
  • Co-Emperor of the United Empire
  • Emperor of the United Empire of Hasanistan and Mouzilo
  • Tsar of Ashukovo
FoundedUnknown; already extant by
the 17th Century
FounderUnknown
Current headHH The Despoina Mother
ResidenceFener residence (unknown-1955)
Athens residence (1955-2012)
Hagiopolis residence (2012-current)
EthnicityGreek

The House of Afentoulis (Greek: Οίκος των Αφεντούληδων, Ikos ton Afentoulidon) is a micronational royal house of ethnic Greek origin, currently reigning over Mouzilo.

The family is of Constantinopolitan origin, belonging to the community of Phanariotes. Its date of foundation and origin is unknown, however it was recognized as a noble family of Mouzilo in mid-2012, later being elevated to royal.

The family, through Manolis Afentoulis, has reigned over several nations, including Ashukovo and the United Empire. It is sometimes referred to as the 'Afentoulis of Hagiopolis.

Etymology

Afentoulis is the diminutive form of the Medieval Greek title ἀφέντης afendēs, from Ancient Greek αὐθέντης authentēs, "master, author, doer, perpetrator" (cf. authentic). This word was widely used as a Greek title for Byzantine nobles and hegemons following the personal name, when used, and generally given to members of the learned professions and to government officials who held high ranks. As late as 1465, after the fall of Constantinople, the title remained in use as evident in the letters of Cardinal Bessarion concerning the children of Thomas Paleologus.

History

Background

18th century

Letter of Constantin Brâncoveanu to Kyritzēs Afentoulis
Original Manuscript Transliteration in Greek (monotonic) English translation
Letter to Afentoulis 1713.png 1«Ιώ Κωνσταντίνος Βασαράβας Βοϊβόνδας, ελέω Θεού αυθέντης πάσης Ουγγροβλαχίας.

2Εντιμότατε ημέτερε άρχον Κλουτζάρη Κυρίτζη Αφέντουλη, και διά του παρόντος χαίροις καί υγιαίνοις.

3Τό από κβ'ας τον τρέχοντος γεγραμμένον γράμμα σου ελάβομεν,

4καί έγνωρίσαμεν τήν υγείαν σου, καί όσα γράφ[εις]. Καί είς μέν τά μερικά δεν έχομεν πλέον καμίαν απόκρισιν...,

5διά δέ τά χίλια γρόσια όπου είναι είς τήν Εντιμότητά σου, πώς σε είπαν οι λοιποί [άρ]χοντές μας, νά σταθώσιν άκόμι

6έως νά ιδής τό αποβησόμενον του Ισμαήλ ··· εις αυτό ημείς καμίαν βεβαίαν απόφασιν νά δώσωμεν δεν ημπορούμεν,

7ότι, καθώς λέγεις καί ή Εντιμότης σου, των τοιόντων προσώπων ό αναβιβασμός καί κατάπτωσις έν ταύτώ γίνεται καί

8απογίνεται, καί ακαιριαίως μεταβάλλωνται εκ τούτου εις τούτο· μόνον πάλιν συμβουλευτείτε αν μέσον σας, καί εκείνο

9όπου σάς φανή ενλογώτερον, εκείνο καί άς γένη. Αυτού είναι ό καγιμές όπου προς εκείνον έγράψαμεν, καί, αν σάς

10φανη νά σταλθώσι τά χρήματα, θέλετε στείλλη μαζή καί τον καγιμέν μας. Ταύτα εις απόκρισιν, καί πάλιν ηγίαινε.

11,αψιγ', Δεκεμβρίου λα'».

1«[Ioannes] Constantin Basarab Voevod, by the mercy of God Lord of all Hugro-wallachia.

2Our most-honest lord Clucer Kyritzes Afentoulis,and through this letter be happy and healthy.

3I received your letter written on the 22nd of this month,

4and I learned about your health and the things you write. And to some of them, we have no answer...,

5and for the thousand Kuruş that are in Your Honor's possession, as our other lords told you, stay

6until you see the death of Ismail... in this, we cannot give any sure decision, because,

7as you say Your Honor, the advance and fall of faces like these is done and

8undone and instantly they turn from one thing to another; only counsel again among you, and what

9seems to you to be more appropriate, let that be done. Here is the kayime that I wrote to that person, and, if

10you decide to send the money, you shall send them with our kayime as well. This in response, and be healthy.

111713, December 31 ».

19th century

20th century

By the early 20th century, Aggelos Afentoulis had already amassed a significant amount of wealth, owning 5 properties in the predominantly Greek-populated district of Fanarion (modern-day Fener) and adjacent areas. The main property of the family, and his personal house, was located in close proximity to the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople. It was a traditional wooden, two-story building, as most in the area were, inhabited at one point by 6 people.

In late April 1923, due to the requests of Aggelos' son who was at the time studying at the Anatolia American College in Thessaloniki, Aggelos' wife along with their 7-year-old daughter, Damaskini, moved to Greece in order to accompany the son back to Turkey. Thinking it was a temporary trip, the two took nothing more than bare necessities with them. By the time they were set to return to Constantinople, however, the Lausanne Convention had entered into effect, rendering the trio incapable of returning to Turkey, thus splitting the family in half.

Unable to leave for Turkey or stay in Thessaloniki, they soon found themselves in the Greek capital, Athens, temporarily moving in with their relatives living in the neighborhood of Kolonaki. Receiving financial support from Aggelos Afentoulis as well as the significantly wealthy Athenean relatives, they were later able to move to the newly-formed neighborhood of Neos Kosmos, in the quarter mainly inhabited by Greek refugees from Asia Minor called Dourgouti (from the Turkish word durgut, meaning "housing, place to stay").

Royal family in Mouzilo

With the foundation of Mouzilo in mid-2012, three houses were recognized by royal decree: the Royal House of Triantafyllos, the Noble House of Psyllas, and the Noble House of Afentoulis. Out of the three, only the latter is extant. After the deposition of King Emmanuel I, and the assumption of power by his cousin of the same name (current Basileus Emmanuel II), the House of Afentoulis took power thus being elevated to a royal House, remaining to this day the only officially recognized house in Mouzilo.

List of Afentoulis rulers

Mouzilo

Monarchs of Mouzilo

Dates indicate reigns, not lifetimes

Ashukovo

Monarchs of Ashukovo

Dates indicate reigns, not lifetimes

Claimants to the Ashukov throne

Dates indicate claims, not lifetimes

United Empire of Mahuset and Mouzilo

Co-monarchs of the United Empire

Dates indicate reigns, not lifetimes

United Empire of Hasanistan and Mouzilo

Dates indicate reigns, not lifetimes

Imvrassia

Grand Dukes of Imvrassia

Dates indicate period of title held, not lifetimes

Notes:
1 The title is honorific, and not hereditary.