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 Justinian
In his memoir, Justinian II made several references to Phokas, and how Justinian's ancestor Herakleios had overthrown him. Justinian frequently vilified Phokas, at one point calling him "Phokas the monster".
Phokas in Agent of Byzantium
Phokas' bloody ascension created substantial chaos throughout the Roman 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.
- References to Historical Figures in Turtledove's Work, for more minor references.
- Genesios, an Avtokrator of Videssos who is closely based on Phokas.
Last was Maurice in 583
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Next were Herakleios the Elder and Herakleios in 608