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Byzantine Empire, Revolt of the Heraclii, 608 - 5 Oct 610 A.D.
Heraclius the Elder, possibly of Armenian origin, was a Byzantine general and the father of Byzantine emperor Heraclius. He distinguished himself in the war against the Sassanid Persians in the 580s, was a subordinate general under Philippicus during the Battle of Solachon, and possibly served under Comentiolus during the Battle of Sisarbanon. About 595, Heraclius the Elder is mentioned as a magister militum per Armeniam sent by Emperor Maurice to quell an Armenian rebellion led by Samuel Vahewuni and Atat Khorkhoruni. About 600, he was appointed as the Exarch of Africa and in 608, Heraclius the Elder rebelled with his son against the usurper Phocas. Using North Africa as a base, the younger Heraclius managed to overthrow Phocas, beginning the Heraclian dynasty, which would rule Byzantium for a century. Heraclius the Elder died soon after receiving news of his son's accession to the Byzantine throne.
BZ86356. Bronze follis
, DOC II part
2, 16, Morrison BnF 9/Ax/AE/01, Hahn MIBEC
-, VF, rev.
a little off center cutting off part
, scratches, overstruck
, 1st officina
or Alexandretta mint, weight
11.035g, maximum diameter
30.4mm, die axis
, Sep - Oct 610 A.D.; obverse
dm N ERACLIO CONSULII, facing busts of Heraclius and his father, both bearded, bareheaded and wearing consular robes, cross
above center; reverse
large M (40 nummi), cross
above, ANNO left, X/IIII (year 14) on right, A (1st officina
) below, AΛEZAN∆ in exergue
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