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1041 – Michael V succeeds to the throne of the Eastern Roman Empire

10 December

Michael V (1015 – 24 August 1042) was Byzantine emperor for four months in 1041–1042, the nephew and successor of Michael IV and the adoptive son of his wife, the Empress Zoe. He was popularly called “the Caulker” (Kalaphates) in accordance with his father’s original occupation. Continue reading “1041 – Michael V succeeds to the throne of the Eastern Roman Empire”

602 – Emperor Maurice is executed

27 November

Maurice Flavius Mauricius Tiberius Augustus 539 – 27 Nov 602 was Byzantine Emperor from 582 to 602. Maurice was murdered on this day in 602. It is said that the deposed emperor was forced to watch his six sons executed before he was beheaded himself. Empress Constantina and her three daughters were spared and sent to a monastery. Continue reading “602 – Emperor Maurice is executed”

1180 – Manuel I Komnenos ‘the Great’ dies

24 September – On this day

Manuel I Komnenos (or Comnenus) (28 November 1118 – 24 September 1180) was a Byzantine Emperor of the 12th century who reigned over a crucial turning point in the history of Byzantium. Continue reading “1180 – Manuel I Komnenos ‘the Great’ dies”

1176 – Battle of Myriokephalon

17 September – On this day

The Battle of Myriokephalon, also known as the Battle of Myriocephalum, was a battle between the Byzantine Empire (Emperor Manuel I Komnenos) and the Seljuk Turks in Phrygia on this day in 1176. Continue reading “1176 – Battle of Myriokephalon”

994 – Battle of the Orontes

15 September – On this day

The Battle of the Orontes was fought on this day in 994 between the Byzantines and their Hamdanid allies under Michael Bourtzes against the forces of the Fatimid vizier of Damascus, the Turkish general Manjutakin. The battle was a Fatimid victory. Continue reading “994 – Battle of the Orontes”

775 – Constantine V dies

14 September – On this day

Constantine V, born 718, dies on this day in 775. He was Byzantine Emperor from 741 to 775. Continue reading “775 – Constantine V dies”

533 – Battle of Ad Decimum

13 September – On this day

The Battle of Ad Decimum took place on this day in 533 between the armies of the Vandals, commanded by King Gelimer, and the Byzantine Empire, under the command of general Belisarius. Continue reading “533 – Battle of Ad Decimum”

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