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Constantine IV and Justinian II

By |2018-04-09T10:31:11+00:00August 2nd, 2017|History, Medieval|

Mu'awiya on a Sassanian-style coin Constantine IV took over as Roman Emperor when his father Constans II died, in 668 AD. It wasn't a great time to be emperor. The Abbasids were gradually taking over most of the eastern Roman Empire. Attempts to retake the western part all ended in failure. But Constantine IV was a strong and sensible [...]

Constans II – Byzantine history

By |2017-08-01T17:45:13+00:00August 1st, 2017|History, Medieval|

Mu'awiya on a Sassanian-style coin When Heraclius died in 641 AD, his sons Heraclonas and Heraclius Constantine took over as Byzantine emperors, ruling together. They only lasted a few years. Heraclius Constantine died within the year. His son Constantine (usually called Constans II) succeeded him, even though he was only 11 years old. Soon afterwards [...]