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Russian: Рипсимия
Also Known As: "Рипсиме Багратион", "Ripsimija Bagratuni", "Hrippsimija Komitopulo"
Birthplace: Armenia
Death: circa 969 (53-62)
Macedonia, Macedonia (FYROM)
Immediate Family:

Wife of Nicolas, count in Bulgaria
Mother of David Komitopulo; Mojsije Komitopulo; Aron Komitopulos and Samuel, tsar of Bulgaria

Occupation: вероятно арменка, Ctss. of West Bulgaria, Princess of ARMENIA
Managed by: George J. Homs
Last Updated:

About Ripsimia

Ripsimia of Armenia

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Ripsimia (also known as Hripsime) was an Armenian who married the Bulgarian Count Comita Nikola, probably governor of Sofia and had a son, tsar Samuil of Bulgaria.

Rypsimia (in Greek : 'Ριψίμη) is the wife commit Nikola and mother of Comitopuli - brothers David , Moses , Aaron and Samuel . Little is known about her biography. Her name is learned from the additions of Bishop Mikhail Devolski to the chronicle of Ioan Skilitsa . She died 993 years ago, dating from the famous Samuel inscription from the village of German , Prespansko, placed by Samuel in memory of his parents and his brother David at their grave.

It was named after the particularly popular Saint Ripsime in Armenia , who died martyred in 290 years. This fact serves as an argument for the thesis about the Armenian origin of the Ohrid dynasty.

  • 1. Zlatarski, V. “History of the Bulgarian State”. Vol. I, Part 2, pp. 606 - 607 (Sofia 1971). link
  • 2. Andreev, Y. Lazarov, Iv. Pavlov, Pl. Who is who in medieval Bulgaria. Enlightenment, Sofia, 1995, p. 325.
  • 3. Adontz, Nicholas (1938). Samuel l'Armenien, roi des Bulgares. MAR Bclsmp (in French) (39): 37.


English: National Historical Museum of Bulgaria, in Sofia:

In the year 6523 (= 1015-1016) since the creation of the world, this fortress, built and made by Ivan, Tsar of Bulgaria, was renewed with the help and the prayers of Our Most Holy Lady and through the intercession of her twelve supreme Apostles. The fortress was built as a haven and for the salvation of the lives of the Bulgarians. The work on the fortress of Bitola commenced on the twentieth day of October and ended on the [...] This Tsar was Bulgarian by birth, grandson of the pious Nikola and Ripsimia, son of Aaron, who was brother of Samuil, Tsar of Bulgaria, the two who routed the Greek army of Emperor Basil II at Stipone where gold was taken [...] and in [...] this Tsar was defeated by Emperor Basil in 6522 (= 1014) since the creation of the world in Klyutch and died at the end of the summer.


  • NOT a known child of Ashot II the Iron, king of Armenia
  • cites
  • Europäische Stammtafeln, J.A. Stargardt Verlag, Marburg, Schwennicke, Detlev (Ed.). 2:168
  • I. Mladjov, "Reconsidering Agatha, Wife of Eadward the Exile," The Plantagenet Connection 11 (2003) 1-85. link “A partial Armenian descent for Samuil and his brothers is nevertheless likely through their mother Ripsimija (Hripsimē), whose name is typically Armenian, and who may have originated in a community of Armenian Paulicians resettled in the Balkans for strategic purposes by the Byzantine emperors.”
  • cites
  • [S54] Middle & Far East Families, Armenia. Maurice Boddy Web Site showing Middle & Far East Families, 7/7/2007. link [ARME262] Ashot VI yerkat [=the iron] was King Ashot II of Armenia (914-28), and later (919) granted the title of Shahanshah (king of kings, or Great King). He married (917) [SION512] Marie of Albania (daughter Prince Isaac Sevada I, see SIOUNIE). He died 928. [ARME272] Hripsime (born after 917, daughter of Ashot VI) married [BULG271] Nikola (born c.906, see BULGARIA).
  • [S7908] Unknown author, Journal of Ancient and Medieval Studies, Vol. VI, p. 78; Descents from Antiquity, The Augustan Society, Chart T1. link to purchase
  • [S54] Middle & Far East Families, Bulgaria. Maurice Boddy Web Site showing Middle & Far East Families, 7/7/2007.
  • compiled errors in interpreting cited sources and submitted to Wikipedia’s “Talk” page. The cited sources are:
  • 1. The English Wikipedia article for Samuel of Bulgaria cites Samuel l'Arménien, roi des Bulgares by Samuel Adontz as the source for this connection, but that is incorrect. Adontz writes that her name is a popular Armenian name but says nothing more (pg. 386 in book, pg. 42)
  • 2. French Wikipedia has: “ Selon Christian Settipani, Achot d'Arménie et Marie de Katchen seraient les parents de Rhipsime, épouse de Nikola Kumet, eux-mêmes parents de Samuel de Bulgarie.” We asked Mr. Settipani about that on 20 February 2020. He responded: “Unfortunately, I don't know who is the author of the wikipedia notice, but he obviously didn't understand what I wrote at all. I said: "Rhipsimé, whose name refers as an Armenian, "but not necessarily a noble one") (p. 282, n. 3). That is all. I say nothing more on this subject and there is nothing more to say!" Ref: Continuité‪ des élites à Byzance durant les siècles obscurs: les princes caucasiens et l'empire du VIe au IXe siècle. Christopher Settipani. De Boccard, 2006 - Princes - 638 page‬s.
  • 3. French Wikipedia has: “Selon le chroniqueur arménien Stéphane de Taron, le comte Nikola est originaire de la région arménienne de Derdjan. Marié avec Ripsime d'Arménie, fille d'Achot II Bagratouni et de sa femme Marie de Katchen1,2. “But there is no mention of children of Ashot ll in de Taron:

About Ripsimia (Български)

Ashot died without any sons or heirs and his daughter was married to the Duke of Sofia Nicholas and mothered Tsar Samuel of Bulgaria.

Hrippsimija Bagratuni

  • There is a supposition that Ripsimia was the Daughter of King ashth II and Mary of the hooded.


  • Married: Nikola Komitopulo


Ripsimia (In Greek: ' Ριψίμη) was the wife of Comet Nikola And the Mother of the comitopulite -brothers David, Moses, Aaron and Samuel. For her biography, almost nothing is known. Her name we learn from the additions of Bishop Mikhail Devolski to the Chronicle of John Skilitsa. She died before the year 993, since the famous Samuilov inscription from the Village of German, Prespa, placed by Samuel in remembrance of his parents and his brother David on their grave.

It was the name of the especially popular in Armenia World Ripsimis, died martyred in 290 years. This fact serves as an argument to the thesis of the Armenian origin of the Ohrid dynasty. There is a supposition that Ripsimia was the Daughter of King ashth II and Mary of the hooded.

Source Wikipedia -


  • Wikipedia -
  • Zlatarski School, "History of the Bulgarian State". I, PM 2, 606-607, (ed. Sofia 1971).
  • Andreev J. Lazarov, IV. Pavlov, Pl. who is who in medieval Bulgaria. Prosveta, Sofia, 1995, pp. 325,
  • Adontz, Nicholas (1938). Samuel L'armenien, Roi des Bulgares. MAR BCLSMP (in French) (39): 37
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Ripsimia's Timeline

България (Bulgaria)
България (Bulgaria)
Macedonia, Bulgaria, Ohrid
Ohrid, Ohrid, Macedonia (FYROM)
Age 58
Macedonia, Macedonia (FYROM)