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Justinian II
Justinian II
Historical Figure
Nationality: Byzantine Empire
Date of Birth: 669
Date of Death: 711
Cause of Death: Decapitation
Religion: Eastern Orthodox
Occupation: Emperor
Parents: Constantine IV
Spouse: Eudokia (deceased)

Theodora of Khazaria

Children: Anastasia

Tiberios

House: Heraclian Dynasty
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Type of Appearance: Direct POV
Justinian II (669-711), known as Rinotmetos or Rhinotmetus ("the Slit-nosed"), was the last Byzantine emperor of the Heraclian Dynasty, reigning from 685 to 695 and again from 705 to 711.

He succeeded his father Constantine IV, at the age of 16. His reign was unhappy both at home and abroad. After a successful invasion he made a truce with the Arabs, which admitted them to the joint possession of Armenia, Iberia and Cyprus, while by removing 1 2,000 Christian Maronites from their native Lebanon, he gave the Arabs a command over Asia Minor of which they took advantage in 692 by conquering all Armenia. In 688 Justinian decisively defeated the Bulgarians. Meanwhile the bitter dissensions caused in the Church by the emperor, his bloody persecution of the Manichaeans, and the rapacity with which, through his creatures Stephanus and Theodatus, he extorted the means of gratifying his sumptuous tastes and his mania for erecting costly buildings, drove his subjects into rebellion. In 695 they rose under Leontius, and, after cutting off the emperor's nose (whence his surname), banished him to Cherson in the Crimea. Leontius, after a reign of three years, was in turn dethroned and imprisoned by Tiberius Absimarus, who next assumed the purple. Justinian meanwhile had escaped from Cherson and married Theodora, sister of Busirus, khan of the Khazars. Compelled, however, by the intrigues of Tiberius, to quit his new home, he fled to Terbelis, king of the Bulgarians. With an army of 15,000 horsemen Justinian suddenly pounced upon Constantinople, slew his rivals Leontius and Tiberius, with thousands of their partisans, and once more ascended the throne in 704. His second reign was marked by an unsuccessful war against Terbelis, by Arab victories in Asia Minor, by devastating expeditions sent against his own cities of Ravenna and Cherson, where he inflicted horrible punishment upon the disaffected nobles and refugees, and by the same cruel rapacity towards his subjects. Conspiracies again broke out: Bardanes, surnamed Philippicus, assumed the purple, and Justinian, the last of the house of Heraclius, was assassinated in Asia Minor, December 711.

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Regnal titles
(OTL)
Preceded by
Constantine IV
Byzantine Emperor
685–695
with Constantine IV, 681–685
Succeeded by
Leontios
Preceded by
Tiberius III
Byzantine Emperor
705–711
with Tiberios, 706–711
Succeeded by
Philippkios Bardanes

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