Michael II the Amorion

   Emperor (q.v.) from 820-829 who founded the Amorion (q.v.) dynasty (820-867). His reign began with the stain of Michael's assassination of Leo V (q.v.) in front of the high altar of Hagia Sophia (q.v.). Almost immediately the revolt (820-823) of Thomas the Slav (q.v.) occurred, which Michael suppressed with the aid of Omurtag (q.v.). The Arab invasion of Sicily (qq.v.) began in 827, about the same time as another Arab force invaded Crete (q.v.). Michael II was a moderate Iconoclast (q.v.), but his son Theophilos (q.v.) proved quite the opposite.

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