Leo de Byzantie, IV, the Khazar'

Leo de Byzantie, IV, the Khazar'

Male - 780    Has more than 100 ancestors and 6 descendants in this family tree.

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  • Name Leo de Byzantie 
    Suffix IV, the Khazar' 
    Relationshipwith Francis Fox
    Gender Male 
    Died 780 
    Person ID I490633  Geneagraphie
    Last Modified 10 Nov 2009 

    Father Constantine de Byzantie, V,   b. 718,   d. 14 Sep 775  (Age 57 years) 
    Mother Irene of Khazaria,   d. Abt 750 
    Family ID F197180  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Irene,   b. Abt 750,   d. 9 Aug 803  (Age ~ 53 years) 
     1. Constantine de Byzantie, VI,   b. 770,   d. 797  (Age 27 years)
    Last Modified 27 Oct 2004 
    Family ID F197179  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    Leo de Byzantie, IV, 'the Khazar'
    Leo de Byzantie, IV, 'the Khazar'

  • Notes 
    • Leo was crowned co-emperor by his father in 751, and was married to the Athenian Irene in 769. In 780 he succeeded his father as sole emperor.
      In 776 he associated his young son, Constantine, with himself in the empire, and suppressed the first in a series of uprisings led by his half-brothers Christopher and Nikephoros which broke out as a result. The failed claimants to the throne were blinded, tonsured , and exiled.
      During his short reign, Leo fought against the Abbasid Caliphate under Al-Mahdi . He dispatched forces into Syria under Michael Lachanodrakon in 776 and 778. Nevertheless, the Abbasid forces succeeded in raiding into Asia Minor in 776, 779, and 780.
      Unlike his father and grandfather, Leo showed himself relatively tolerant towards iconodules , and restored an iconophile patriarch . Only at the very end of his reign, in 780, did he have a number of iconodule officials tortured and imprisoned. Following the precedent set by his father, he prepared an expedition against Kardam of Bulgaria , but died before achieving anything of significance.
      During his reign Leo was largely under the influence of his wife Irene , and when he died suddenly in 780 she was left as the guardian of his son and successor, Constantine VI .

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