|Also Known As:||"Adrebasto", "Ardabasto Balthes", "Artavasdes", "Ardebasto De Espaina", "Ardebasto", "rey de los visigodos"|
|Death:||(Date and location unknown)|
|Occupation:||Duque de Asturias e Cantabria|
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Ardabasto. According to Salazar y Castro, he was the son of Atanagildo, a supposed son of Hermenegildo the Visigoth who married a relative (Flavia Juliana) of Emperor Mauricius. The connection is speculative.
He left Constantinople in the chaos surrounding the succession of Emperor Heraklius, probably to escape blinding, castration, exile, or execution, the typical fates of losers in Byzantine politics.
According to the 9th century Chronicle of Alfonso III, "Ardabastus came from Greece after being expelled from his country by the emperor … arrived in Spain" and was "received … magnificently" by King Chindasvinto who gave him his niece in marriage. His fight to Spain might indicate a connection with the family of Heraklius' second wife (and probably niece through her mother) Martina who were the losers in the succession struggle.
His given name seems to have been a Spanish form of Artavazd, which suggests an Armenian ancestry. The name Artavazd was used frequently in the Mamikonian family of Armenia. Settipani suggests he was descended from a Mamikonian father and a mother who was the daughter of Emperor Mauricus' sister and Comes Excubitorum Philippicus.