Leo V "the Armenian", Byzantine Emperor


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Leo V "the Armenian", Byzantine Emperor

Also Known As: "the Armenian"
Birthdate: (45)
Birthplace: Byzantium (Constantinople), Istanbul, Turkey
Death: Died in Byzantium (Constantinople), Istanbul, Turkey
Cause of death: murdered
Immediate Family:

Son of Bardas of Armenia
Husband of Theodosia
Ex-husband of Barka
Father of Symbatios "Constantine"; Theodosios; Basilios; Gregorios and Symbatios

Occupation: Emperor, King of Armenia, Emperor of the EAst, Imperador Bizantino, Empereur, de Byzance, Roi D'Arménie 813-820, BYZANTINE EMPEROR, Emperor of Byzantium
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About Leo V "the Armenian", Byzantine Emperor



From 0813 to 0820  

Emperor of Byzantium

From Encyclopedia Britannica online, article titled Leo V:

"byname Leo The Armenian ( b. Armenia?d. Dec. 25, 820, Constantinople), Byzantine emperor responsible for inaugurating the second Iconoclastic period in the Byzantine Empire.

"When Bardanes Turcus and Nicephorus I were fighting over the Byzantine throne in 803, Leo at first joined Bardanes but later sided with Nicephorus. Leo distinguished himself as a general under Nicephorus I and Michael I and became strategus (?general?) of the Anatolikon district of the empire. He took part in the campaign of 813 against the Bulgars, but, when Michael unwisely refused the peace terms they offered, the Asian troops under Leo deserted at the Battle of Versinikia, near Adrianople. Leo then deposed Michael I and in July 813 replaced him.

"Meanwhile, Krum, the Bulgarian khan, had reached the walls of Constantinople. Leo succeeded in drawing him back and concluded a treaty with Krum's successor, Omortag, that determined the boundary between the two countries and provided a 30-year peace."

In March 815 Leo deposed the Orthodox patriarch Nicephorus and convoked a synod for the following month that reimposed the decrees of the Iconoclast synod of Hieria of 754, which had opposed the use of icons (religious images). Leo was assassinated during a Christmas service in the church of Hagia Sophia by friends of Michael the Amorian, whom Leo had condemned to death the day before on a charge of treason. After the assassination Michael ascended the throne as Michael II.

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Leo V "the Armenian", Byzantine Emperor's Timeline

Byzantium (Constantinople), Istanbul, Turkey
Age 25
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Age 33
Byzantium (Constantinople), Istanbul, Turkey
Age 35
Byzantium (Constantinople), Istanbul, Turkey
December 25, 820
Age 45
Byzantium (Constantinople), Istanbul, Turkey
Byzantium (Constantinople), Istanbul, Turkey