Byzantine Emperor. He was born in 612 AD and was crowned co-emperor by his father, Heraclius, when only one year old. After sharing power for nearly thirty years, he became senior Emperor on the death of his father in 641 AD, with his younger half-brother Heraklonas as his junior co-ruler. Heraklonas was suspected of plotting against him and, acting on the advice of his treasurer Philagrus, he sent for the army, pretending that he was dying and asking them to protect his children. The order was accompanied by a payment of over two million gold solidi to be distributed among the soldiers in return for their supporting his sons' right to succeed him. When he died of tuberculoses soon afterwards it was rumoured that he had been poisoned and Heraklonas succeeded him as sole Emperor.
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