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Theodore Laskaris was born to the Laskaris, a noble but not
particularly renowned Byzantine family of Constantinople. He was
the son of Manuel Laskaris b. c. 1140 and wife Ioanna Karatzaina .
He had four older brothers: Manuel Laskaris d. aft. 1256, Michael
Laskaris, Georgios Laskaris and Constantine Laskaris, Emperor of
Byzantium ; and two younger brothers: Alexios Laskaris, Latin
military leader against the Bulgars who fought with the French
against John III Doukas Vatatzes and was imprisoned and blinded,
and Isaakios Laskaris