Died around 1186/87. Byzantine military leader. On Nov. 7, 1185, he defeated and forced the retreat of the Sicilian Normans who had invaded the country. Dispatched in 1186 or 1187 at the head of an army against the rebellious Bulgars, Alexius Brana mutinied against Emperor Isaac II Angelus (1185–95). With the aid of the western mercenaries of Conrad of Montserrat and the Seljuks, the emperor succeeded in defeating him at Constantinople. Alexius Brana died in this battle. (For the dating of Alexius Brana’s mutiny, which has been the subject of controversy, see G. G. Litavrin, Bolgariia i Vizantiia ν XI-XII vv., Moscow, 1960, pp. 437–439, 446–448).
G. G. LITAVRIN