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Anastasios II

Byzantine Emperor. He began his career as a bureaucrat and Imperial Secretary at the court of his predecessors before being declared Emperor by the Opsikian army following their overthrow the Emperor Philippicus. Soon after coming to the throne, however, he executed Philippicus' assassins. He upheld the decisions of the Sixth Ecumenical Council and deposed the Patriach John VI of Constantinople, who he replaced with the Orthodox Patriach Germanus in 715 AD. By doing so he ended Byzantium's brief split with the Church of Rome. He attempted to restore peace with the Arabs by diplomatic means, but this failed, so he rebuilt the walls of Constantinople and ordered the construction of a new navy. In 715 AD he sent this new fleet to destroy the Arab naval stores at Rhodes and ordered a land invasion of Syria. The troops of the Opsikian Army finally rebelled against his strict regime and proclaimed the tax collector, Theodosios, Emperor. He was forced to submit to the new Emperor and retired to a monastery in Thessalonica in 716 AD. In 718 AD he attempted to regain power from Theodosios' successor, Leo III, but he was defeated and executed in 718 AD.

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  • Find A Grave Memorial 37514576
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Anastasios II (unknown–unknown), Find A Grave Memorial no. 37514576, citing Church of the Holy Apostles, Istanbul, Istanbul, Turkey ; Maintained by Find A Grave .