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Bayan I
Historical Figure
Nationality: Avars
Date of Birth: 6th century
Date of Death: 602
Cause of Death: Unknown
Religion: Polytheism
Occupation: Monarch, warlord
Political Office(s): Khagan of the Avars
Fictional Appearances:
Thessalonica
Fantasy set in OTL(?)
Type of Appearance: Contemporary references

Bayan I was khagan of the Avar Khaganate between 562 and 602. Bayan led his people in a succession of wars against the Byzantine Empire on the Empire's northern frontier.

Bayan I in Thessalonica[]

The citizenry of Thessalonica regarded the Avar khagan Bayan as an unholy scourge akin to a demon. On one occasion, Bishop Eusebius preached a sermon that God would chastise Bayan for oppressing the Greeks as he had once chastised Pharaoh for oppressing the Israelites.

Royal offices
(OTL)
Preceded by
Kandik
Khagan of the Avars
562-602
Succeeded by
Bayan II
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