Historical Figure
Nationality: Byzantine Empire
Date of Birth: 6th century, year unknown
Date of Death: 610
Cause of Death: Murder by decapitation
Religion: Eastern Orthodox
Occupation: Soldier
Military Branch: Byzantine Army
Political Office(s): Byzantine Emperor
Consul of Rome
Turtledove Appearances:
Set in OTL
Type of Appearance: Posthumous reference
Agent of Byzantium
POD: c. 583 CE
Appearance(s): "Departures"
Type of Appearance: Contemporary reference

Flavius Phocas Augustus (also Phokas) (d. 610) reigned as Byzantine Emperor from 602–610, having usurped the throne from the Emperor Maurice. He was himself overthrown by Herakleios after losing a civil war.

Phokas in JustinianEdit

In his memoir, Justinian II made several references to Phokas, and how Justinian's ancestor Herakleios had overthrown him. Justinian frequently villified Phokas, at one point calling him "Phokas the monster".[1]

Phokas in Agent of ByzantiumEdit

Phokas' bloody ascension created substantial chaos throughout the Byzantine Empire. It was during this time that the monks at Ir-Ruhaiyeh fled a possible Persian invasion and headed to Constantinople. Among them was Mouamet, who later became a Christian saint.[2]

Centuries later, Phokas was still remembered as a "repulsive tyrant"[3] who almost brought the empire to ruin.[4]


  1. Justinian, e.g., pg. 6.
  2. See, e.g., Departures, pgs. 52-53, generally.
  3. Agent of Byzantium loc. 2267, ebook.
  4. Ibid., loc. 2996.
Regnal titles
Preceded by
Byzantine Emperor
Succeeded by