Valentinos Arsakuni

   Usurped the throne briefly in 645 before being lynched in a popular uprising in Constantinople (q.v.). He was a former commander of the theme of Opsikion (qq.v.) who became count of the exkoubitores (q.v.) and who engineered the downfall of Martina (q.v.). His death in 645 left Constans II (q.v.) in sole control.

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  • Heraklonas —    Co emperor (641) with his half brother Constantine III (q.v.); he was briefly emperor (q.v.) the same year. His mother was Martina (q.v.), the second wife of Herakleios (q.v.). When Constantine III died, Heraklonas reigned alone, but Martina… …   Historical dictionary of Byzantium

  • Martina —    Empress, niece, and second wife of Herakleios (q.v.). The marriage was widely regarded as incestuous. Popular opinion was incensed to discover, after Herakleios s death in February 641, that his will made her co ruler with both her son… …   Historical dictionary of Byzantium

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