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Constantine V
Birth: 718
Istanbul, Turkey
Death: 755
Istanbul, Turkey

Byzantine Emperor. He was born in 718 AD and was the son of Emperor Leo III, who made him his associate ruler when he was just two years old. He succeeded his father as sole ruler in 741 AD, but soon afterwards, while crossing Asia Minor to fight the Umayyad Caliphate, he was attacked by the army of his brother-in-law, Artabasdos, who then marched on Constantinople where he was declared Emperor. Constantine enlisted the support of the Anatolic and Thracian themes and defeated Artabasdos in 743 AD. He then returned to Constantinople and had his remaining opponents blinded or executed. On regaining his throne he initiated a policy of outlawing Iconaclism, forbidding image worship and eventually declaring the veneration of relics and prayers to saints to be heretical. His policies were approved by the Synod he called at Hieria in 754 AD, images were taken down from churches and Iconophiles were expelled from the imperial court. He also targeted the monks, known for their support of icon worship, and forced them to marry nuns and surrender monastic property to the state. Opponents of these policies gave him the nick name "Kopronymos", meaning "Dung-named" and spread a rumour that he had defecated in the font when baptised as a child. In 746 AD he invaded Syria and a year later destroyed the Arab fleet at Cyprus. He attacked the Caliophate again in 752 AD and captured Theodosioupolis and Melitene. He then ordered that the Christian populations of these territories be resettled in Thrace to strengthen the Empire's northern border with Bulgaria. Kormiosh of Bulgaria mounted an invasion in 755 AD, but Constantine retaliated with a series of successful campaigns resulting in six Bulgarian rulers losing their thrones because of their defeat. He died in 755 AD while preparing for a new campaign against the Bulgarians. His death was regarded as divine retribution for his religious persecutions and in retaliation his tomb was desecrated during the ninth century. (bio by: js) 
Church of the Holy Apostles
Istanbul, Turkey
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Record added: Sep 30, 2009
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