Philippikos (711–13)

Philippikos (711–13)

After the excesses of Justinian II’s second reign, the Armenian Bardanes rebelled, took the name Philippikos, and killed the emperor and his son. On his seals and coins, he depicted the eagle-headed scepter, an ancient consular symbol that had not appeared on seals since Tiberios Constantine. Philippikos retained the loros, introduced by Justinian II, but added a new clause to the inscription, multus annus, wishing himself a long reign. After two years of rule during which both the Bulgars and the Arabs successfully attacked Byzantium, Philippikos was overthrown by the army and blinded.

 
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