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

Theodora of Khazaria

Children: Tiberios
House: Heraclian Dynasty
Political Office(s): Byzantine Emperor
Consul of Rome
Fictional Appearances:
Set in OTL
Type of Appearance: Direct narrator
Occupation: Monarch, Author of Non-Fiction

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 12,000 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 Bulgars. 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: Philippkios Bardanes assumed the purple, and Justinian, the last of the house of Heraclius, was assassinated in Asia Minor, December 711.

Justinian II in Justinian[]

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Royal offices
Preceded by
Constantine IV
Byzantine Emperor
with Constantine IV, 681–685
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Tiberius III
Byzantine Emperor
with Tiberios, 706–711
Succeeded by
Philippkios Bardanes