Andronicus III (Andronicus Palaeologus), c.1296–1341, Byzantine emperor (1328–41), grandson of Andronicus II, whom he deposed after a series of civil wars. His chief minister was John Cantacuzene (later Emperor John VI). During his reign the Ottoman Turks gained almost complete control of Asia Minor, while Stephen Dušan of Serbia conquered part of Macedonia and Albania. He was succeeded by his son, John V.
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