Historical Figure
Nationality: Byzantine Empire
Date of Birth: c. 575
Date of Death: 641
Cause of Death: Natural causes
Religion: Eastern Orthodox
Occupation: Soldier, monarch
House: Heraclian Dynasty
Political Office(s): Byzantine Emperor,
Consul of Rome
Turtledove Appearances:
Set in OTL
Type of Appearance: Posthumous reference
Herakleios (Latin: Heraclius; c. 575-641) by Byzantine Emperor from 610 to 641. He came to power after successfully leading a revolt against Phokas, the unpopular incumbent (who'd himself come to power just eight years prior through a revolt).

Herakleios' reign was marked by multiple conflicts with the empire's neighbors, which engendered reforms to the military and an expansion and reorganization of the empire. He also attempted to resolve the Monophysite issue by promoting a doctrine called Monothelitism (which was ultimately rejected). The dynasty he founded, the Heraclian Dynasty, continued until the death of Justinian II in 711.

Herakleios also made Greek the official language of the empire.

Herakleios in JustinianEdit

In his memoir, Justinian II referred to Herakleios as "the great" on more than one occasion. He also looked to Herakleios for inspiration.

Justinian's uncle and brother were named for the great emperor.

Regnal titles
Preceded by
Byzantine Emperor
With: Constantine III from 613
Succeeded by
Constantine III and Heraklonas
Political offices
Preceded by
Consul of the Roman Empire
Served alongside: Herakleios the Elder
Succeeded by
Constans II