Philippicus BARDANES, Eastern Roman Emperor

Male Abt 650 - Abt 714  (~ 64 years)


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  • Name Philippicus BARDANES 
    Suffix Eastern Roman Emperor 
    Born Abt 650  Pergamum Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died Abt 714 
    Person ID I28355  BlytheGenealogy
    Last Modified 1 Feb 2019 

    Father Nicephorus,   b. Abt 615, Pergamum Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Family ID F31619  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Philippicus Bardanes; born; Armenia; died after 713.
      Original name Vardan Byzantine emperor whose brief reign (711-713) wa s marked by his quarrels with the papacy and his ineffectiveness in de fending the empire from Bulgar and Arab invaders.
      Philippicus was the son of the patrician Nicephorus of Pergamum (moder n Bergama, western Turkey). His original name, Vardan, may have been d erived from that of his mother. Emperor Tiberius III Apsimar (ruled 69 8-705) exiled Vardan to the Ionian island of Cephalonia for his preten sions to the throne, but in 711, Tiberius' rival, Justinian II, recall ed him and sent him to Cherson (in the Crimea) to suppress a revolt. I nstead, he made common cause with Cherson and was proclaimed emperor u nder the Greek name of Philippicus. He sailed to Constantinople, gaine d the throne, and had Justinian and his family killed.
      Philippicus was an advocate of the Monothelite heresy, the belief i n a single will of Christ. Even before entering Constantinople, he ha d ordered the picture of the Third Council of Constantinople (which ha d condemned Monothelitism in 680) to be removed from the palace and th e names of those the council had condemned restored. Patriarch Cyrus r efused to support the new policy and was deposed and replaced by the m ore compliant deacon John early in 712. Pope Constantine therefore ref used to recognize the new emperor.
      In foreign policy, Philippicus' reign was disastrous. The Bulgarians b esieged Constantinople in 712, and in 712-713 the Arabs captured sever al cities. On June 3, 713, military conspirators overthrew and blinde d Philippicus and installed his chief secretary, Artemius, as Anastasi us II (mainly at the instigation of the Senate and people). [Encyclop æ dia Britannica Premium, online <http://www.britannica.com/eb/arti cle-9059690>]