Historical Figure
Nationality: Byzantine Empire
Date of Birth: 6th century
Date of Death: 610
Cause of Death: Execution by decapitation
Religion: Eastern Orthodox
Occupation: Soldier
Children: Domentzia
Relatives: Priscus (son-in-law)
Military Branch: Byzantine Army
Political Office(s): Byzantine Emperor
Consul of Rome
Fictional Appearances:
Set in OTL
Type of Appearance: Posthumous reference
Agent of Byzantium
POD: c. 597 CE
Appearance(s): "Departures";
"Unholy Trinity"
Type of Appearance: Contemporary reference (D);
Posthumous reference (UT)
Date of Death: 610
Cause of Death: Execution by decapitation
Political office: Roman Emperor

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".[1]

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.[2]

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

See also[]


  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.
Royal offices
Preceded by
Byzantine Emperor
Succeeded by
Political offices
Preceded by
Office vacant;
Last was Maurice in 583
Consul of the Roman Empire
Succeeded by
Office vacant;
Next were Herakleios the Elder and Herakleios in 608