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Emperor Augustus served as the first Roman emperor. His Principate ended republican rule in Rome and began Pax Romana.

The Roman emperors were rulers of the Roman Empire, wielding power over its citizens and military, dating from the granting of the title of Augustus to Gaius Julius Caesar Octavianus by the Roman Senate in 27 BC. Augustus maintained a façade of republican rule, rejecting monarchical titles but calling himself princeps senatus (first man of the senate)[1] and princeps civitatis (first citizen of the state). The title of Augustus was conferred on his successors to the imperial position. The style of government instituted by Augustus is called the Principate and continued until reforms by Diocletian. The modern word 'emperor' derives from the title imperator, which was granted by an army to a successful general; during the initial phase of the empire, it still had to be earned by the princeps.

The territory under command of the emperor had developed under the period of the Roman Republic as it invaded and occupied most of Europe and portions of northern Africa and western Asia. Under the republic, regions of the empire were ruled by provincial governors answerable to and authorised by the Senate and People of Rome. During the republic, the chief magistrates of Rome were two consuls elected each year; consuls continued to be elected in the imperial period, but their authority was subservient to that of the emperor, and the election was controlled by the emperor.

In the late 3rd century, after the Crisis of the Third Century, Diocletian formalised and embellished the recent manner of imperial rule, establishing the so-called Dominate period of the Roman Empire. This was characterised by the explicit increase of authority in the person of the Emperor, and the use of the style Dominus Noster ("Our Lord"). The rise of powerful Barbarian tribes along the borders of the empire and the challenge they posed to defense of far-flung borders and unstable imperial succession led Diocletian to divide the administration geographically of the Empire in 286 with a co-Augustus. In 330, Constantine the Great established a second capital in Byzantium, which he renamed Constantinople. For most of the period from 286 to 480, there was more than one recognised senior emperor, with the division usually based in geographic terms. This division was consistently in place after the death of Theodosius I in 395, which historians have dated as the division between the Western Roman Empire and the Eastern Roman Empire.[2] However, formally the Empire remained a single polity, with separate co-emperors in the separate courts. The fall of the Western Roman Empire, and so the end of a separate list of emperors below, is dated either from the de facto date of 476 when Romulus Augustulus was deposed by Odoacer who became King of Italy, or the de jure date of 480, on the death of Julius Nepos, when Eastern Emperor Zeno ended recognition of a separate Western court. In the period that followed, the Empire is usually treated by historians as the Byzantine Empire governed by the Byzantine Emperors, although this designation is not used universally, and continues to be a subject of specialist debate today.[3]

The line of emperors continued until the death of Constantine XI Palaiologos during the fall of Constantinople in 1453, when the remaining territories were captured by the Ottoman Empire.[4]

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LegitimacyEdit

The emperors listed in this article are those generally agreed to have been 'legitimate' emperors, and who appear in published regnal lists.[5][6][7] The word 'legitimate' is used by most authors, but usually without clear definition, perhaps not surprisingly, since the emperorship was itself rather vaguely defined legally. In Augustus' original formulation, the princeps was selected by either the Senate or "the people" of Rome, but quite quickly the legions became an acknowledged stand-in for "the people." A person could be proclaimed as emperor by their troops or by "the mob" in the street, but in theory needed to be confirmed by the Senate. The coercion that frequently resulted was implied in this formulation. Furthermore, a sitting emperor was empowered to name a successor and take him on as apprentice in government and in that case the Senate had no role to play, although it sometimes did when a successor lacked the power to inhibit bids by rival claimants. By the medieval (or Byzantine) period, the very definition of the Senate became vague as well, adding to the complication.[8]

Lists of legitimate emperors are therefore partly influenced by the subjective views of those compiling them, and also partly by historical convention. Many of the 'legitimate' emperors listed here acceded to the position by usurpation, and many 'illegitimate' claimants had a legitimate claim to the position. Historically[by whom?], the following criteria have been used to derive emperor lists:

  • Any individual who undisputedly ruled the whole Empire, at some point, is a 'legitimate emperor'(1).
  • Any individual who was nominated as heir or co-emperor by a legitimate emperor (1), and who succeeded to rule in his own right, is a legitimate emperor (2).
  • Where there were multiple claimants, and none were legitimate heirs, the claimant accepted by the Roman Senate as emperor is the legitimate emperor (3), at least during the Principate.

So for instance, Aurelian, though acceding to the throne by usurpation, was the sole and undisputed monarch between 270 and 275, and thus was a legitimate emperor. Gallienus, though not in control of the whole Empire, and plagued by other claimants, was the legitimate heir of (the legitimate emperor) Valerian. Claudius Gothicus, though acceding illegally, and not in control of the whole Empire, was the only claimant accepted by the Senate, and thus, for his reign, was the legitimate emperor. Equally, during the Year of the Four Emperors, all claimants, though not undisputed, were at some point accepted by the Senate and are thus included; conversely, during the Year of the Five Emperors neither Pescennius Niger nor Clodius Albinus were accepted by the Senate, and are thus not included. There are a few examples where individuals were made co-emperor, but never wielded power in their own right (typically the child of an emperor); these emperors are legitimate, but are not included in regnal lists, and in this article are listed together with the senior emperor.

Emperors after 395Edit

After 395, the list of emperors in the East is based on the same general criteria, with the exception that the emperor only had to be in undisputed control of the Eastern part of the empire, or be the legitimate heir of the Eastern emperor.

The situation in the West is more complex. Throughout the final years of the Western Empire (395–480) the Eastern emperor was considered the senior emperor, and a Western emperor was only legitimate if recognized as such by the Eastern emperor. Furthermore, after 455 the Western emperor ceased to be a relevant figure and there was sometimes no claimant at all. For the sake of historical completeness, all Western Emperors after 455 are included in this list, even if they were not recognized by the Eastern Empire;[9] some of these technically illegitimate emperors are included in regnal lists, while others are not. For instance, Romulus Augustulus was technically a usurper who ruled only the Italian peninsula and was never legally recognized. However, he was traditionally considered the "last Roman Emperor" by 18th and 19th century western scholars and his overthrow by Odoacer used as the marking point between historical epochs, and as such he is usually included in regnal lists. However, modern scholarship has confirmed that Romulus Augustulus' predecessor, Julius Nepos continued to rule as emperor in the other Western holdings and as a figurehead for Odoacer's rule in Italy until Nepos' death in 480. Since the question of what constitutes an emperor can be ambiguous, and dating the "fall of the Western Empire" arbitrary, this list includes details of both figures.

The PrincipateEdit

27 BC–68 AD: Julio-Claudian dynastyEdit

Portrait Name Birth Succession Reign Time in office Death
  Augustus
IMPERATOR CAESAR DIVI FILIVS AVGVSTVS
September 23, 63 BC, Rome, Italia Great-nephew and adopted son of Julius Caesar; became de facto emperor as a result of the 'first settlement' between himself and the Roman Senate. January 16, 27 BC – August 19, 14 AD 40 years, 7 months and 3 days August 19, 14 AD (aged 75)
Natural causes
  Tiberius
TIBERIVS CAESAR DIVI AVGVSTI FILIVS AVGVSTVS
November 16, 42 BC, Rome Natural son of Livia Drusilla, Augustus' third wife, by a previous marriage; stepbrother and third husband of Julia the Elder, daughter of Augustus; adopted by Augustus as his son and heir. September 18, 14 AD – March 16, 37 AD 22 years, 5 months and 27 days March 16, 37 AD (aged 77)
Probably natural causes, possibly assassinated by Caligula or praetorian prefect Naevius Sutorius Macro
  Caligula
CAIVS IVLIVS CAESAR AVGVSTVS CERMANICVS
August 31, 12 AD, Antium, Italia Great-nephew and adoptive grandson of Tiberius; natural son of Germanicus; great-grandson of Augustus. March 18, 37 AD – January 24, 41 AD 3 years, 10 months and 6 days January 24, 41 AD (aged 28)
Assassinated in a conspiracy involving senators and Praetorian Guards.
  Claudius
TIBERIVS CLAVDIVS CAESAR AVGVSTVS CERMANICVS
August 1, 10 BC, Lugdunum, Gallia Lugdunensis Uncle of Caligula; brother of Germanicus; nephew of Tiberius; great-nephew and step-grandson of Augustus; proclaimed emperor by the Praetorian Guard. January 25/26, 41 AD – October 13, 54 AD 13 years, 8 months and 18/19 days October 13, 54 AD (aged 63)
Probably poisoned by his wife Agrippina the Younger, in favour of her son Nero, possibly natural causes.
  Nero
NERO CLAVDIVS CAESAR AVGVSTVS CERMANICVS
December 15, 37 AD, Antium, Italia Great-nephew, stepson, son-in-law and adopted son of Claudius; nephew of Caligula; great-great-nephew of Tiberius; grandson of Germanicus; great-great-grandson of Augustus October 13, 54 AD – June 9, 68 AD 13 years, 7 months and 27 days June 9, 68 AD (aged 30)
Committed suicide after being declared a public enemy by the Senate.

68–96: Year of the Four Emperors and Flavian dynastyEdit

Portrait Name Birth Succession Reign Time in office Death
  Galba
IMPERATOR SERVIVS CALBA CAESAR AVGVSTVS
December 24, 3 BC, Near Terrancilium, Italia Seized power after Nero's suicide, with support of the Spanish legions June 8, 68 AD – January 15, 69 AD 7 months and 7 days January 15, 69 AD (aged 70)
Murdered by Praetorian Guard in coup led by Otho
  Otho
IMPERATOR MARCVS SALVIVS OTHO CAESAR AVGUSTVS
April 28, 32 AD, Ferentinum, Italia Appointed by Praetorian Guard January 15, 69 AD – April 16, 69 AD 3 months and 1 day (91 days) April 16, 69 AD (aged 36)
Committed suicide after losing Battle of Bedriacum to Vitellius
  Vitellius
IMPERATOR AVLVS VITELLIVS CERMANICVS AVGVSTVS
September 24, 15 AD, Rome Seized power with support of German Legions (in opposition to Galba/Otho) April 17, 69 AD – December 20, 69 AD 8 months and 3 days December 20, 69 AD (aged 54)
Murdered by Vespasian's troops
  Vespasian
IMPERATOR CAESAR TITVS FLAVIVS VESPASIANVS AVGVSTVS
November 17, 9 AD, Falacrine, Italia Seized power with the support of the eastern Legions (in opposition to Marcillinus) December 21, 69 AD – June 24, 79 AD 9 years, 6 months and 3 days June 24, 79 AD (aged 69)
Natural causes
  Titus
IMPERATOR CAESAR TITVS FLAVIVS VESPASIANVS AVGVSTVS
December 30, 39 AD, Rome Son of Vespasian June 24, 79 AD – September 13, 81 AD 2 years, 2 months and 20 days September 13, 81 AD (aged 41)
Natural causes (fever)
  Domitian
IMPERATOR CAESAR DOMITIANVS AVGVSTVS CERMANICVS
October 24, 51 AD, Rome Son of Vespasian September 14, 81 AD – September 18, 96 AD 15 years and 4 days September 18, 96 AD (aged 44)
Assassinated by court officials

96–192: Nerva–Antonine dynastyEdit

Note: all dates AD hereafter.

Portrait Name Birth Succession Reign Time in office Death
  Nerva
IMPERATOR MARCVS COCCEIVS NERVA CAESAR AVGVSTVS
November 8, 30, Narni, Italia Appointed by the Senate September 18, 96 – January 27, 98 1 year, 4 months and 9 days January 27, 98 (aged 67)
Natural causes
  Trajan
IMPERATOR CAESAR NERVA TRAIANVS DIVI NERVAE FILIVS AVGVSTVS
September 18, 53, Italica, Hispania Baetica Adopted son and heir of Nerva January 28, 98 – August 7, 117 19 years, 6 months and 10 days August 7, 117 (aged 63)
Natural causes
  Hadrian
IMPERATOR CAESAR PVBLIVS AELIVS TRAIANVS HADRIANVS AVGVSTVS
January 24, 76, Italica, Hispania Baetica (or Rome) Adopted son and heir of Trajan August 11, 117 – July 10, 138 20 years, 10 months and 30 days July 10, 138 (aged 62)
Natural causes
  Antoninus Pius
IMPERATOR CAESAR TITVS AELIVS HADRIANVS ANTONINVS AVGVSTVS PIVS
September 19, 86, Near Lanuvium, Italia Adopted son and heir of Hadrian July 10, 138 – March 7, 161 22 years, 6 months and 28 days March 7, 161 (aged 74)
Natural causes
  Lucius Verus
IMPERATOR CAESAR LVCIVS AVRELIVS VERVS AVGVSTVS
December 15, 130, Rome Adopted son and heir of Antoninus Pius and son-in-law of Marcus Aurelius; Co-emperor with Marcus Aurelius until his death March 7, 161 – ? March 169 8 years March 169 (aged 39)
Natural causes (Plague)
  Marcus Aurelius
IMPERATOR CAESAR MARCVS AVRELIVS ANTONINVS AVGVSTVS
April 26, 121, Rome Adopted son, son-in-law and heir of Antoninus Pius; Co-emperor with Lucius Verus until 169 March 7, 161 – March 17, 180 19 years and 10 days March 17, 180 (aged 58)
Natural causes
  Commodus
IMPERATOR CAESAR LUCIVS AELIVS AVRELIVS COMMODVS AVGVSTVS
August 31, 161, Lanuvium, Italia Natural son of Marcus Aurelius; joint emperor from 177 177 – December 31, 192 3 years as joint emperor,
12 as sole emperor
December 31, 192 (aged 31)

Assassinated in palace, strangled in his bath

193–235: Year of the Five Emperors and Severan dynastyEdit

Portrait Name Birth Succession Reign Time in office Death
  Pertinax
IMPERATOR CAESAR PVBLIVS HELVIVS PERTINAX AVGVSTVS
August 1, 126, Alba, Italia Proclaimed emperor by Praetorian Guard January 1, 193 – March 28, 193 2 months and 27 days (86 days) March 28, 193 (aged 66)
Murdered by Praetorian Guard
Didius Julianus
IMPERATOR CAESAR MARCVS DIDIVS SEVERVS IVLIANVS AVGVSTVS
133 or 137, Milan, Italia Won auction held by the Praetorian Guard for the position of emperor March 28, 193 – June 1, 193 2 months and 4 days (65 days) June 1, 193 (aged 56 or 60)
Executed on orders of the Senate
  Septimius Severus
IMPERATOR CAESAR LVCIVS SEPTIMIVS SEVERVS EVSEBES PERTINAX AVGVSTVS
April 11, 145, Leptis Magna, Libya Seized power with support of Pannonian legions[a] April 9, 193 – February 4, 211 17 years, 9 months and 26 days February 4, 211 (aged 65)
Natural causes
  Caracalla
IMPERATOR CAESAR MARCVS AVRELIVS ANTONINVS AVGVSTVS
April 4, 188, Lugdunum, Gallia Lugdunensis Son of Septimius Severus; co-emperor with Severus from 198; with Severus and Geta from 209 until February 211; co-emperor with Geta until December 211 198 – April 8, 217 13 years as joint emperor
10 months with Geta
6 years as sole emperor
April 8, 217 (aged 29)
Murdered by a soldier as part of a conspiracy involving Macrinus
  Geta
IMPERATOR CAESAR PVBLIVS SEPTIMIVS CETA AVGVSTUS
March 7, 189, Rome Son of Septimius Severus; co-emperor with Severus and Caracalla from 209 until February 211; co-emperor with Caracalla until 26 December 211 209 – December 26, 211 2 years as joint emperor
10 months with Caracalla
December 26, 211 (aged 22)
Murdered on the orders of Caracalla
  Macrinus
IMPERATOR CAESAR MARCVS OPELLIVS SEVERVS MACRINVS AVGVSTVS

with
Diadumenian

IMPERATOR CAESAR MARCVS OPELLIVS ANTONINVS DIADVMENIANVS AVGVSTVS

c. 165, Caesarea, Mauretania Praetorian Prefect to Caracalla, probably conspired to have Caracalla murdered and proclaimed himself emperor after Caracalla's death; made his son Diadumenian co-emperor in May 218 April 11, 217 – June 8, 218 1 year, 1 month and 28 days June 8, 218 (aged 53)
Both executed in favour of Elagabalus
  Elagabalus
IMPERATOR CAESAR MARCVS AVRELIVS ANTONINVS AVGVSTVS
c. 203, Emesa, Syria Grandnephew of Septimius Severus, first cousin once removed and alleged illegitimate son of Caracalla; proclaimed emperor by Syrian legions June 8, 218 – March 11, 222 3 years, 9 months and 3 days March 11, 222 (aged 18)
Murdered by Praetorian Guard
  Severus Alexander
IMPERATOR CAESAR MARCVS AVRELIVS SEVERVS ALEXANDER AVGVSTVS
c. 207, Arca Caesarea, Syria Grandnephew of Septimius Severus, cousin and adoptive heir of Elagabalus March 13, 222 – March 18, 235 13 years and 5 days March 18, 235 (aged 28)
Murdered by the army

235–285: Gordian dynasty and Crisis of the Third CenturyEdit

Portrait Name Birth Succession Reign Time in office Death
  Maximinus Thrax
IMPERATOR CAESAR GAIVS IVLIVS VERVS MAXIMINVS AVGVSTVS
c. 173, Thrace or Moesia Proclaimed emperor by German legions after the murder of Severus Alexander March 20, 235 – June 238 3 years, 3 months June 238 (aged 65)
Assassinated by Praetorian Guard
  Gordian I
IMPERATOR CAESAR MARCVS ANTONIVS CORDIANVS SEMPRONIANVS ROMANVS AFRICANVS AVGVSTVS
c. 159, Phrygia? Proclaimed emperor, whilst Pro-consul in Africa, during a revolt against Maximinus. Ruled jointly with his son Gordian II, and in opposition to Maximinus. Technically a usurper, but retrospectively legitimised by the accession of Gordian III March 22, 238 – April 12, 238 21 days April 238 (aged 79)
Committed suicide upon hearing of the death of Gordian II.
Gordian II
IMPERATOR CAESAR MARCVS ANTONIVS CORDIANVS SEMPRONIANVS ROMANVS AFRICANVS AVGVSTVS
c. 192, ? Proclaimed emperor, alongside father Gordian I, in opposition to Maximinus by act of the Senate. March 22, 238 – April 12, 238 21 days April 238 (aged 46)
Killed during the Battle of Carthage, fighting a pro-Maximinus army
  Pupienus
IMPERATOR CAESAR MARCVS CLODIVS PVPIENVS MAXIMVS AVGVSTVS
c. 178, ? Proclaimed joint emperor with Balbinus by the Senate in opposition to Maximinus; later co-emperor with Balbinus. April 22, 238 – July 29, 238 3 months and 7 days July 29, 238 (aged 68 or 73)
Assassinated by the Praetorian Guard
  Balbinus
IMPERATOR CAESAR DECIMVS CAELIVS CALVINVS BALBINVS PIVS AVGVSTVS
? Proclaimed joint emperor with Pupienus by the Senate after death of Gordian I and II, in opposition to Maximinus; later co-emperor with Pupienus and Gordian III April 22, 238 – July 29, 238 3 months and 7 days July 29, 238 (aged 60)
Assassinated by Praetorian Guard
  Gordian III
IMPERATOR CAESAR MARCVS ANTONIVS CORDIANVS PIVS AVGVSTVS
January 20, 225, Rome Proclaimed emperor by supporters of Gordian I and II, then by the Senate; joint emperor with Pupienus and Balbinus until July 238; grandson and nephew of Gordian I and II, respectively April 22, 238 – February 11, 244 5 years, 9 months and 20 days February 11, 244 (aged 19)
Unknown; possibly murdered on orders of Philip I
  Philip the Arab
IMPERATOR CAESAR MARCVS IVLIVS PHILIPPVS AVGVSTVS

with

Philip II

IMPERATOR CAESAR MARCVS IVLIVS SEVERVS PHILLIPVS AVGVSTVS

c. 204, Shahba, Syria Praetorian Prefect to Gordian III, took power after his death; made his son Philip II co-emperor in summer 247 February 244 – September/October 249 5 years September/October 249 (aged 45)
Killed in the Battle of Verona by Decius
  Decius
IMPERATOR CAESAR CAIVS MESSIVS QVINTVS TRAIANVS DECIVS AVGVSTVS

with

Herennius Etruscus

IMPERATOR CAESAR QVINTVS HERENNIVS ETRVSCVS MESSIVS DECIVS AVGVSTVS

c. 201, Budalia, Pannonia Inferior Governor under Philip the Arab; proclaimed emperor by Danubian legions then defeating and killing Philip in the Battle of Verona; made his son Herennius Etruscus co-emperor in early 251 September/ October 249 – June 251 2 years June 251 (aged 50)
Both killed in the Battle of Abrittus fighting against the Goths
Hostilian
IMPERATOR CAESAR CAIVS VALENS HOSTILIANVS MESSIVS QVINTVS AVGVSTVS
Sirmium Son of Decius, accepted as heir by the Senate June 251 – late 251 4–5 months September/October 251 (aged 21)
Natural causes (plague)
Trebonianus Gallus
IMPERATOR CAESAR GAIVS VIBIVS AFINIVS TREBONIANVS GALLVS AVGVSTVS

with

Volusianus

IMPERATOR CAESAR GAIVS VIBIVS VOLVSIANVS AVGVSTVS

206, Italia Governor of Moesia Superior, proclaimed emperor by Danubian legions after Decius's death (and in opposition to Hostilian); made his son Volusianus co-emperor in late 251. June 251 – August 253 2 years August 253 (aged 47)
Assassinated by their own troops, in favour of Aemilian
  Aemilian
IMPERATOR CAESAR MARCVS AEMILIVS AEMILIANVS AVGVSTVS
c. 207 or 213 Africa Governor of Moesia Superior, proclaimed emperor by Danubian legions after defeating the Goths; accepted as emperor after death of Gallus August 253 – October 253 2 months September/October 253 (aged 40 or 46)
Assassinated by his own troops, in favour of Valerian
Valerian
IMPERATOR CAESAR PVBLIVS LICINIVS VALERIANVS AVGVSTVS
c. 195 Governor of Noricum and Raetia, proclaimed emperor by Rhine legions after death of Gallus; accepted as emperor after death of Aemilian October 253 – 260 7 years After 260 (aged at least 65)
Captured in Battle of Edessa against Persians, died in captivity
  Gallienus
IMPERATOR CAESAR PVBLIVS LICINIVS EGNATIVS GALLIENVS AVGVSTVS

with

Saloninus

IMPERATOR CAESAR CORNELIVS LICINIVS SALONINVS VALERIANVS PIVS FELIX INVICTVS AVGVSTVS

218 Son of Valerian, made co-emperor in 253; his son Saloninus is very briefly co-emperor in c. July 260 before assassination by Postumus. October 253 – September 268 15 years September 268 (aged 50)
Murdered at Aquileia by his own commanders.
  Claudius Gothicus
IMPERATOR CAESAR MARCVS AVRELIVS VALERIVS CLAVDIVS AVGVSTVS
May 10, 210, Sirmium Victorious general at Battle of Naissus, seized power after Gallienus's death September 268 – January 270 1 year, 4 months January 270 (aged 60)
Natural causes (plague)
Quintillus
IMPERATOR CAESAR MARCVS AVRELIVS CLAVDIVS QVINTILLVS AVGVSTVS
c.210, Sirmium Brother of Claudius II, seized power after his death January 270 – September(?) 270 Unknown 270 (aged around 60)
Unclear; possibly suicide or murder
Aurelian
IMPERATOR CAESAR LVCIVS DOMITIVS AVRELIANVS AVGVSTVS
September 9, 214/215, Sirmium Proclaimed emperor by Danubian legions after Claudius II's death, in opposition to Quintillus September(?) 270 – September 275 5 years September 275 (aged 60-61)
Assassinated by Praetorian Guard
  Tacitus
IMPERATOR CAESAR MARCVS CLAVDIVS TACITVS AVGVSTVS
c. 200, Interamna Nahars, Italia Elected by the Senate to replace Aurelian, after a short interregnum September 25, 275 – June 276 9 months June 276 (aged 76)
Natural causes (possibly assassinated)
Florianus
IMPERATOR CAESAR MARCVS ANNIVS FLORIANVS AVGVSTVS
? Brother of Tacitus, elected by the army in the west to replace him June 276 – September? 276 3 months September? 276 (aged ?)
Assassinated by his own troops, in favour of Probus
  Probus
IMPERATOR CAESAR MARCVS AVRELIVS PROBVS AVGVSTVS
232, Sirmium Governor of the eastern provinces, proclaimed emperor by Danubian legions in opposition to Florian September? 276 – September/ October 282 6 years September/ October 282 (aged 50)
Assassinated by his own troops, in favour of Carus
  Carus
IMPERATOR CAESAR MARCVS AVRELIVS CARVS AVGVSTVS
c. 230, Narbo, Gallia Narbonensis Praetorian Prefect to Probus; seized power either before or after Probus was murdered; made his son Carinus co-emperor in early 283 September/ October 282 – late July/ early August 283 10–11 months Late July/August 283 (aged 61)
Probably natural causes (Possibly killed by lightning)
Carinus
CAESAR MARCVS AVRELIVS CARINVS AVGVSTVS
? Son of Carus, ruled shortly with him and then with his brother Numerian Early 283 – 285 2 years 285 (aged ?)
Probably died in battle against Diocletian
Numerian
IMPERATOR CAESAR MARCVS AVRELIVS NVMERIVS NVMERIANVS AVGVSTVS
? Son of Carus, succeeded him jointly with his brother Carinus Late July/early August 283 – 284? 1 year 284 (aged ?)
Unclear; possibly assassinated

The DominateEdit

284–364: Tetrarchy and Constantinian dynastyEdit

Note: To maintain control and improve administration, various schemes to divide the work of the Roman Emperor by sharing it between individuals were tried after 285. The "Tetrarchy" proclaimed by Diocletian in 293 split the empire into two halves each to be ruled separately by two emperors, a senior "Augustus", and a junior "Caesar".

Portrait Name Birth Succession Reign Time in office Death
  Diocletian
IMPERATOR CAESAR CAIVS AVRELIVS VALERIVS DIOCLETIANVS AVGVSTVS


(EAST and WEST)

then, after 286

(EAST)

c. December 22, 244, Salona Proclaimed emperor by army after death of Numerian, and in opposition to Carinus; adopted Maximian as senior co-emperor in 286 November 20, 284 – May 1, 305 20 years, 5 months and 11 days 3 December 311 (aged 67)
Abdicated; died of natural causes in Aspalatos
  Maximian
IMPERATOR CAESAR MARCVS AVRELIVS VALERIVS MAXIMIANVS HERCVLIVS AVGVSTVS


(WEST)

c. 250, near Sirmium, Pannonia Adopted as senior co-emperor ('Augustus') in the west by Diocletian in 286 April 1, 286 – May 1, 305 19 years and 1 month 310 (aged 60)
Abdicated with Diocletian; twice tried to regain throne with, and then from Maxentius; captured by Constantine I and committed suicide at his behest
  Galerius
IMPERATOR CAESAR GAIVS GALERIVS VALERIVS MAXIMIANVS AVGVSTVS


(EAST)

c. 250, Felix Romuliana, Moesia Superior Adopted as junior co-emperor ('Caesar') and heir by Diocletian in 293. Also son-in-law of Diocletian. May 1, 305 – May 311 6 years 311 (aged 61)
Natural causes
  Constantius Chlorus
IMPERATOR CAESAR MARCVS FLAVIVS VALERIVS CONSTANTIVS HERCVLIVS AVGVSTVS


(WEST)

March 31, c. 250, Dardania, Moesia Adopted as junior co-emperor ('Caesar') and heir by Maximian in 293 May 1, 305 – July 25, 306 1 year, 2 months and 24 days 306 (aged 56)
Natural causes
Valerius Severus
IMPERATOR CAESAR FLAVIVS VALERIVS SEVERVS AVGVSTVS


(WEST)

? Adopted as junior co-emperor ('Caesar') and heir by Constantius Chlorus in 305; succeeded as Augustus in 306; opposed by Maxentius and Constantine I Summer 306 – March/ April 307 1 year September 16, 307 (aged ?)
Captured by Maxentius and forced to commit suicide (or murdered)
  Constantine the Great
IMPERATOR CAESAR FLAVIVS VALERIVS AVRELIVS CONSTANTINVS AVGVSTVS


(WEST)

then, after 324

(EAST and WEST)

February 27, c. 272, Naissus, Moesia Superior Son of Constantius I Chlorus, proclaimed emperor by his father's troops; accepted as Caesar (west) by Galerius in 306; promoted to Augustus (west) in 307 by Maximian after death of Severus II; refused relegation to Caesar in 309 July 25, 306 – May 22, 337 30 years, 9 months and 27 days May 22, 337 (aged 65)
Natural causes
  Maxentius
IMPERATOR CAESAR MARCVS AVRELIVS VALERIVS MAXENTIVS AVGVSTVS


(WEST)

c. 278 Son of Maximian, seized power in 306 after death of Constantius I Chlorus, in opposition to Severus and Constantine I; made Caesar (west) by Maximian in 307 after the death of Severus October 28, 306 – October 28, 312 6 years October 28, 312 (aged 34)
Died at the Battle of the Milvian Bridge, against Constantine I
  Licinius I
IMPERATOR CAESAR CAIVS VALERIVS LICINIANVS LICINIVS AVGVSTVS


(EAST)

with

Valerius Valens

AVRELIVS VALERIVS VALENS

and

Martinian

SEXTVS MARCIVS MARTININANVS

c. 250, Felix Romuliana, Moesia Superior Son-in-law of Constantius Chlorus, appointed Augustus in the west by Galerius in 308, in opposition to Maxentius; became Augustus in the east in 311 after the death of Galerius (shared with Maximinus II); defeated Maximinus II in civil war to become sole eastern Augustus in 313; appointed Valerius Valens in 317, and Martinian in 324 as western Augustus, in opposition to Constantine, both being executed within weeks. November 11, 308 – September 18, 324 15 years, 10 months and 7 days 325 (aged 61/62)
Defeated in civil war against Constantine I in 324 and captured; executed on the orders of Constantine the next year
  Maximinus II
IMPERATOR CAESAR CAIVS CALERIVS VALERIVS MAXIMINVS AVGVSTVS


(EAST)

November 20, c. 270, Dacia Aureliana Nephew of Galerius, adopted as Caesar and his heir in 305; succeeded as Augustus (shared with Licinius I) in 311 May 1, 311 – July/August 313 2 years July/August 313 (aged 42)
Defeated in civil war against Licinius; probably committed suicide thereafter
  Constantine II
IMPERATOR CAESAR FLAVIVS CLAVDIVS CONSTANTINVS AVGVSTVS


(WEST)

316, Arelate, Gallia Narbonensis Son of Constantine I; appointed Caesar in 317, succeeded as joint Augustus with his brothers Constantius II and Constans I May 22, 337 – 340 3 years 340 (aged 24)
Died in battle against Constans I
  Constantius II
IMPERATOR CAESAR FLAVIVS IVLIVS CONSTANTIVS AVGVSTVS


(EAST)

then, after 356

(EAST and WEST)

August 7, 317, Sirmium, Pannonia Son of Constantine I; succeeded as joint Augustus with his brothers Constantine II and Constans I; sole emperor from 350 May 22, 337 – November 3, 361 24 years, 5 months and 12 days 361 (aged 44)
Natural causes
  Constans I
IMPERATOR CAESAR FLAVIVS IVLIVS CONSTANS AVGVSTVS


(MIDDLE)

then, after 340

(WEST)

c. 323 Son of Constantine I; succeeded as joint Augustus with his brothers Constantine II and Constantius II May 22, 337 – 350 13 years 350 (aged 27)
Assassinated on the orders of the usurper Magnentius
Vetranio
IMPERATOR CAESAR FLAVIVS VETRANIO AVGVSTVS


(WEST)

?, Moesia General of Constans, proclaimed Caesar against Magnentius and temporarily accepted as Augustus of the west by Constantius II. March 1, 350 – December 25, 350 9 months and 24 days c. 356 (aged ?)
As a private citizen, after abdication.
Julian
IMPERATOR CAESAR FLAVIVS CLAVDIVS IVLIANVS AVGVSTVS


(WEST)

then, after 361

(EAST and WEST)

331/332, Constantinople, Thracia Cousin of Constantius II; made Caesar of the west in 355; proclaimed Augustus by his troops in 360; sole emperor after the death of Constantius February 360 – June 26, 363 3 years June 26, 363 (aged 31/32)
Mortally wounded in battle
  Jovian
IMPERATOR CAESAR FLAVIVS IOVIANVS AVGVSTVS


(EAST and WEST)

331, Singidunum, Moesia General of Julian's army; proclaimed emperor by the troops on Julian's death June 26, 363 – February 17, 364 7 months and 22 days February 17, 364 (aged 33)
Natural causes (suffocated on fumes)

364–392: Valentinian dynastyEdit

Portrait Name Birth Succession Reign Time in office Death
  Valentinian I
IMPERATOR CAESAR FLAVIVS VALENTINIANVS AVGVSTVS


(EAST and WEST)

then

(WEST)

321, Cibalae, Pannonia Elected to replace Jovian by the army February 26, 364 – November 17, 375 11 years, 8 months and 22 days November 17, 375 (aged 54)
Natural causes
  Valens
IMPERATOR CAESAR FLAVIVS IVLIVS VALENS AVGVSTVS


(EAST)

328, Cibalae, Pannonia Brother of Valentinian I, appointed co-augustus (for the east) by him March 28, 364 – August 9, 378 14 years, 4 months and 12 days August 9, 378 (aged 50)
Killed in Battle of Adrianople against the Goths
  Gratian
IMPERATOR CAESAR FLAVIVS GRATIANVS AVGVSTVS


(WEST)

April 18/May 23, 359, Sirmium, Pannonia Son of Valentinian I, appointed junior Augustus by him in 367, became senior Augustus (for the west) after Valentinian's death. August 4, 367 – August 25, 383 16 years and 21 days August 25, 383 (aged 24)
Murdered by rebellious army faction
  Valentinian II
IMPERATOR CAESAR FLAVIVS VALENTINIANVS AVGVSTVS


(WEST)

371, Milan, Italia Son of Valentinian I, proclaimed emperor by Pannonian army after Valentinian's death; accepted as co-Augustus for the west by Gratian November 17, 375 – May 15, 392 16 years, 5 months and 28 days May 15, 392 (aged 21)
Unclear; possibly murdered or committed suicide

Western EmperorsEdit

392–455: Theodosian dynastyEdit

Note: Theodosius I was the last person to rule both halves of the Roman Empire, splitting it between his sons Arcadius and Honorius on his death.

Portrait Name Birth Succession Reign Time in office Death
Theodosius I
IMPERATOR CAESAR FLAVIVS THEODOSIVS AVGVSTVS
January 11, 347, Cauca, Hispania Son-in-law of Valentinian I, appointed as Augustus for the east by Gratian after the death of Valens; became sole senior Augustus after death of Valentinian II January 1, 379 – January 17, 395 16 years and 16 days January 17, 395 (aged 48)
Natural causes
  Magnus Maximus

IMPERATOR CAESAR FLAVIVS MAGNVS MAXIMVS AVGVSTVS

with

Victor

IMPERATOR CAESAR FLAVIVS VICTOR AVGVSTVS

c. 335, Hispania Usurper in the West; legitimized along with his son Victor by Theodosius I as emperors of Britannia and Gaul. 383/384 – August 28, 388 4/5 years August 28, 388 (aged 53)
Executed by Theodosius I in Aquileia after the Battle of the Save; Victor killed by Arbogast
  Honorius
IMPERATOR CAESAR FLAVIVS HONORIVS AVGVSTVS
September 9, 384 Son of Theodosius I; appointed as junior Augustus for the west by Theodosius in 393 (after the death of Valentinian II); became senior Augustus for the west after his father's death January 23, 393 – August 15, 423 30 years, 6 months and 23 days August 15, 423 (aged 38)
Natural causes
Constantine III

IMPERATOR CAESAR FLAVIVS CLAVDIVS CONSTANTINVS AVGVSTVS

with

Constans II

IMPERATOR CAESAR FLAVIVS CONSTANS AVGVSTVS

? Usurper who declared himself emperor in the west in 407, recognized as co-emperor by Honorius in 409. Elevated his son Constans II to co-emperor in 409, who was not recognized by Honorius. 407/409 - August or September 411 2 years August or September 411 (aged ?)
Executed by Constantius III
Constantius III
IMPERATOR CAESAR FLAVIVS CONSTANTIVS AVGVSTVS
?, Naissus, Moesia Superior Married to Theodosius I's daughter Galla Placidia, elevated to co-Augustus for the west by Honorius February 8, 421 – September 2, 421 6 months and 25 days September 2, 421 (aged ?)
Natural causes
Joannes

IMPERATOR CAESAR IOHANNES AVGVSTVS

? A senior civil servant under Honorius, proclaimed emperor by Castinus; not recognized by the Eastern Empire August 27, 423 – May 425 2 years June or July 425 (aged ?)
Defeated in battle by Theodosius II and Valentinian III, captured and executed
Valentinian III
IMPERATOR CAESAR FLAVIVS PLACIDIVS VALENTINIANVS AVGVSTVS
July 2, 419, Ravenna, Italia Son of Constantius III, appointed Caesar for the west by Theodosius II after the death of Honorius, in opposition to the regime of Joannes; became Augustus for the west after the defeat of Joannes October 23, 424 – March 16, 455 30 years, 4 months and 21 days March 16, 455 (aged 35)
Assassinated, possibly at the behest of Petronius Maximus

455–476: Last emperors of the Western EmpireEdit

Portrait Name Birth Succession Reign Time in office Death
Petronius Maximus
IMPERATOR CAESAR FLAVIVS ANICIVS PETRONIVS MAXIMVS AVGVSTVS
c. 396 Son-in-law of Theodosius II, proclaimed himself emperor with the support of the army, after the death of Valentinian III. Not recognized by the Eastern Empire. He appointed his son Palladius as caesar. March 17, 455 – May 31, 455 2 months and 14 days May 31, 455 (aged 58/59)
Murdered, probably stoned to death by the Roman mob
Avitus
IMPERATOR CAESAR MARCVS MAECILIVS FLAVIVS EPARCHIVS AVITVS AVGVSTVS
c. 385 Magister militum under Petronius Maximus, proclaimed emperor by the Visigoth king Theoderic II after Petronius's death July 9, 455 – October 17, 456 1 year, 3 months and 8 days after 17 October 456 (aged 71)
Deposed by his Magister militum, Ricimer; became bishop of Placentia; murdered at some point afterwards
Majorian
IMPERATOR CAESAR FLAVIVS IVLIVS VALERIVS MAIORIANVS AVGVSTVS
November 420 Proclaimed emperor by his troops. Recognized by the Eastern Empire at the behest of Ricimer. April 457 – August 2, 461 4 years August 7, 461 (aged 40)
Deposed and beheaded on the orders of Ricimer.
Libius Severus
IMPERATOR CAESAR FLAVIVS LIBIVS SEVERVS SERPENTIVS AVGVSTVS
?, Lucania, Italia Appointed emperor by Ricimer. Not recognized by the Eastern Empire. November 461 – August 465 4 years August 465 (aged 45)
Probably poisoned by Ricimer
  Anthemius
IMPERATOR CAESAR PROCOPIVS ANTHEMIVS AVGVSTVS
c. 420 Son-in-law of Marcian, appointed emperor by Leo I, with the consent of Ricimer. April 12, 467 – July 11, 472 5 years, 2 months and 29 days July 11, 472 (aged 52)
Executed by Ricimer or Gundobad (Ricimer's nephew).
Olybrius
IMPERATOR CAESAR ANICIVS OLYBRIVS AVGVSTVS
c. 420 Son-in-law of Valentinian III; appointed emperor by Ricimer. Not recognized by the Eastern Empire. July 11, 472 – November 2, 472 3 months and 22 days November 2, 472 (aged 41)
Natural causes
Glycerius
IMPERATOR CAESAR FLAVIVS GLYCERIVS AVGVSTVS
? Appointed emperor by Gundobad (Ricimer's successor). Not recognized by the Eastern Empire. March 473 – June 474 1 year after 480 (aged ?)
Deposed by Julius Nepos, became Bishop of Salona, time and manner of death unknown
  Julius Nepos
IMPERATOR CAESAR FLAVIVS IVLIVS NEPOS AVGVSTVS
c. 430 Nephew-in-law of the eastern emperor Leo I (and nephew of Marcellinus) appointed emperor in opposition to Glycerius June 474 – August 28, 475 (in Italy); – spring 480 (in Gaul and Dalmatia) 1 year/6 years 480 (aged 50)
Deposed in Italy by Orestes, ruled in balance of Western Empire until assassination in 480. Maintained as figurehead in Italy by Odoacer to his death in 480.
  Romulus Augustulus
IMPERATOR CAESAR FLAVIVS ROMVLVS AVGVSTVS
c. 460[b] Appointed by his father, Orestes. Listed as an emperor by historical convention. His rule never extended beyond portions of the Italian peninsula. Not recognized by Eastern Emperor Zeno. October 31, 475 – September 4, 476 (in Italy) 10 months and 4 days Unknown.
Deposed by Odoacer, who then ruled in the name of Julius Nepos until the latter's death in 480, which formally ended the separate Western Empire; most likely lived out his life in obscurity on a private villa.

Note: The classical Roman Empire is usually said to have ended with the deposition of Romulus Augustulus, with its continuation in the East referred to by modern scholars as the Byzantine Empire.

Eastern EmperorsEdit

379–457: Theodosian dynastyEdit

Note: Theodosius I was the last person to rule both halves of the Roman Empire, dividing the administration between his sons Arcadius and Honorius on his death.

Portrait Name Birth Succession Reign Time in office Death
Theodosius I
IMPERATOR CAESAR FLAVIVS THEODOSIVS AVGVSTVS
January 11, 347, Cauca, Hispania Son-in-law of Valentinian I, appointed as Augustus for the east by Gratian after the death of Valens; became sole senior Augustus after death of Valentinian II January 19, 379 – January 17, 395 16 years and 16 days January 17, 395 (aged 48)
Natural causes
  Arcadius
IMPERATOR CAESAR FLAVIVS ARCADIVS AVGVSTVS
c. 377, Hispania Son of Theodosius I; appointed as junior Augustus for the east by Theodosius in 383; became senior Augustus for the east after his father's death January 383 – May 1, 408 25 years May 1, 408 (aged 31)
Natural causes
  Theodosius II
IMPERATOR CAESAR FLAVIVS THEODOSIVS IVNIOR AVGVSTVS
April 10, 401, Constantinople Son of Arcadius; appointed as junior Augustus for the east by Arcadius in 402; became senior Augustus for the east after his father's death January 402 – July 28, 450 48 years July 28, 450 (aged 49)
Injuries suffered during a hunting accident
Marcian
IMPERATOR CAESAR FLAVIVS MARCIANVS AVGVSTVS
396, Thrace or Illyria Nominated as successor (and husband) by Pulcheria, sister of Theodosius II Summer 450 – January 457 7 years January 457 (aged 65)
Gout

457–518: Leonid dynastyEdit

Portrait Name Birth Succession Reign Time in office Death
  Leo I the Thracian
(Λέων Αʹ ὁ Θρᾷξ)
IMPERATOR CAESAR FLAVIVS VALERIVS LEO AVGVSTVS
c. 400, Dacia Chosen by the army 7 February 457 – 18 January 474 17 years 18 January 474 (aged 73)
Dysentery
  Leo II
(Λέων Β)
IMPERATOR CAESAR FLAVIVS LEO AVGVSTVS
c. 467, Constantinople Grandson of Leo I 18 January – 17 November 474 9 months 17 November 474 (aged 7)
Cause unknown, possibly poisoned
  Zeno
(Ζήνων)
IMPERATOR CAESAR FLAVIVS ZENO AVGVSTVS
c. 425, Isauria Named co-emperor by his son Leo II on 9 February 474. 17 November 474 – 9 April 491 17 years 9 April 491 (aged 66)
Dysentery or epilepsy
  Basiliscus
(Βασιλίσκος)
IMPERATOR CAESAR FLAVIVS BASILISCVS AVGVSTVS
? Seized throne 9 January 475 – August 476 1 year, 7 months 476/477
  Anastasius I Diocoros
(Ἀναστάσιος)
IMPERATOR CAESAR FLAVIVS ANASTASIVS AVGVSTVS
c. 430, Dyrrhachium Son-in-law of Leo I 11 April 491 – 9 July 518 27 years 9 July 518 (aged 87)
Natural causes

518–602: Justinian dynastyEdit

Portrait Name Birth Succession Reign Time in office Death
  Justin I
(Φλάβιος Ἰουστῖνος Αὔγουστος)
IMPERATOR CAESAR FLAVIVS IVSTINVS AVGVSTVS
c. 450 at Bederiana (Justiniana Prima), Dardania Elected by army July 518 – 1 August 527 9 years 1 August 527 (aged 77)
Natural causes
  Justinian I
(Φλάβιος Πέτρος Σαββάτιος Ἰουστινιανός Αὔγουστος)
IMPERATOR CAESAR FLAVIVS PETRVS SABBATIVS IVSTINIANVS AVGVSTVS
c. 482 at Tauresium (Taor), Dardania Nephew of Justin I 1 August 527 – 13/14 November 565 38 years 13/14 November 565 (aged 83)
Natural causes
  Justin II
(Φλάβιος Ἰουστῖνος ὁ νεώτερος Αὔγουστος)
IMPERATOR CAESAR FLAVIVS IVSTINVS IVNIOR AVGVSTVS
c. 520 Nephew of Justinian I 14 November 565 – 5 October 578 13 years 5 October 578 (aged 58)
Natural causes, after insanity
  Tiberius II Constantine

(Φλάβιος Τιβέριος Κωνσταντῖνος Αὔγουστος)

IMPERATOR CAESAR FLAVIVS TIBERIVS CONSTANTINVS AVGVSTVS

c. 535 Adopted son of Justin II, regent from 574 5 October 578 – 14 August 582 3 years, 10 months 14 August 582 (aged 62)
Natural causes
  Maurice
(Φλάβιος Μαυρίκιος Τιβέριος Αὔγουστος)
IMPERATOR CAESAR FLAVIVS MAURICVS TIBERIVS AVGVSTVS
539 at Arabissus, Cappadocia Son-in-law of Tiberius II 14 August 582 – 22 November 602 20 years 27 November 602 (aged 63)
Executed
  Phocas
(Φλάβιος Φωκᾶς Αὔγουστος)
IMPERATOR CAESAR FLAVIVS PHOCAS AVGVSTVS
? Seized throne 23 November 602 –
4 October 610
8 years 5 October 610
Executed

610–695: Heraclian dynastyEdit

Portrait Name Birth Succession Reign Time in office Death
  Heraclius
(Φλάβιος Ἡράκλειος Αὔγουστος))
IMPERATOR CAESAR FLAVIVS HERACLIVS AVGVSTVS
c. 575, Cappadocia Revolt 5 October 610 – 11 February 641 30 years 11 February, 641 (aged 65 or 66)
Natural causes
  Constantine III
(Κωνσταντῖνος Γʹ)

Formally: "Heraclius New Constantine"
(Ἡράκλειος νέος Κωνσταντῖνος)
HERACLIVS NOVVS CONSTANTINVS

3 May 612, Constantinople Son of Heraclius 11 February – 24/26 May 641 3 months 24/26 May 641 (aged 28)
Tuberculosis
  Heraklonas
(Ἡρακλωνᾶς)

Formally: "Constantine Heraclius"
(Κωνσταντῖνος Ἡράκλειος)
CONSTANTINVS HERACLIVS

3 May 626, Constantinople Son of Heraclius 11 February 641 – September 641 7 months unknown, but probably before 642
  Constans II
(Κῶνστας Βʹ)

Formally: "Constantine the Bearded"
(Κωνσταντῖνος ὁ Πωγωνάτος)

7 November 630 Son of Constantine III. succeeded his uncle Heraklonas after he was deposed as emperor. September 641 – 15 September 668 27 years 15 September 668 (aged 37)
Assassinated
  Constantine IV
(Κωνσταντῖνος Δʹ ὁ Πωγωνάτος)
652, Constantinople Son of Constans II 15 September 668 – 14 September 685 17 years 14 September 685 (aged 33)
Dysentery
  Justinian II
(Ἰουστινιανὸς Βʹ ὁ Ῥινότμητος)
668 or 669, Constantinople Son of Constantine IV 14 September 685–695 10 years (1st reign) 11 December 711 (aged 42)
Killed by the army

695–717: Twenty Years' AnarchyEdit

Portrait Name Birth Succession Reign Time in office Death
  Leontios
(Λεόντιος)
Isauria Revolt 695–698 3 years Executed in February 706
  Tiberios III Apsimaros
(Τιβέριος Γʹ Ἀψίμαρος)
Pamphylia Revolt 698–705 7 years Executed in February 706
  Justinian II
(Ἰουστινιανὸς Βʹ ὁ Ῥινότμητος)
668 or 669, Constantinople Returned on the throne with Bulgar support. Named son Tiberius as co-emperor in 706. August 705 – December 711 6 years (2nd reign) 11 December 711 (aged 42)
Killed by the army
  Philippikos Bardanes
(Φιλιππικὸς Βαρδάνης)
Pergamon Revolt December 711 – 3 June 713 1 year, 6 months 713
  Anastasios II
(Ἀναστάσιος Βʹ)
? Bureaucrat and secretary under Philippikos, he was raised to the purple by the soldiers June 713 – November 715 2 years, 5 months 718, during attempt to regain the throne
  Theodosius III
(Θεοδόσιος Γʹ)
? Chosen by troops May 715 – 25 March 717 2 years Unknown. Became a monk

717–802: Isaurian dynastyEdit

Portrait Name Birth Succession Reign Time in office Death
  Leo III the Isaurian
(Λέων Γʹ ὁ Ἴσαυρος)
c. 685, Germanikeia, Commagene Rebellion 25 March 717 – 18 June 741 24 years June 741 (age 56)
Edema
  Constantine V
(Κωνσταντῖνος Εʹ ὁ Κοπρώνυμος)
July 718, Constantinople Son of Leo III 18 June 741 – 14 September 775 34 years 14 September 775 (aged 57)
Carbuncle
  Artabasdos
(Ἀρτάβασδος)
? Son-in-law of Leo III. Usurped throne. June 741/742 – 2 November 743 1 year, 4 months Unknown
  Leo IV the Khazar
(Λέων Δʹ ὁ Χάζαρος)
750, Constantinople Son of Constantine V 14 September 775 – 8 September 780 5 years 780 (age 30)
Tuberculosis
  Constantine VI
(Κωνσταντῖνος ΣΤʹ)
771, Constantinople Son of Leo IV 8 September 780 – August 797 17 years 797 (age 18)
After blinding by Irene
  Irene of Athens
(Εἰρήνη ἡ Αθηναία)
c. 752, Athens Regent during minority of Constantine VI. Seized throne from son in 797. First Byzantine empress regnant. August 797 – 31 October 802 5 years 9 August 803 (aged 51)

802–813: Nikephorian dynastyEdit

Name Reign Comments
  Nikephoros I
(Νικηφόρος Αʹ ὁ Λογοθέτης)
31 October 802 –
26 July 811
General Logothete (finance minister) under Irene, led initially successful campaigns against the Bulgars but was killed at the Battle of Pliska.
  Staurakios
(Σταυράκιος)
26 July 811 –
2 October 811
Only son of Nikephoros I, crowned co-emperor in December 803. Succeeded on his father's death; however, he had been heavily wounded at Pliska and left paralyzed. He was forced to resign, and retired to a monastery where he died soon after.
  Michael I Rangabe
(Μιχαὴλ Αʹ Ῥαγγαβέ)
2 October 811 –
22 June 813
Son-in-law of Nikephoros I, he succeeded Staurakios on his abdication. Resigned after the revolt under Leo the Armenian and retired to a monastery, where he died on 11 January 844. Reigned with eldest son Theophylact as co-emperor.
Name Reign Comments
  Leo V the Armenian
(Λέων Εʹ ὁ Ἀρμένιος)
11 July 813 –
25 December 820
General of Armenian origin, born c. 775. He rebelled against Michael I and became emperor. Appointed his son Symbatios co-emperor under the name of Constantine on Christmas 813. Revived Byzantine Iconoclasm. Murdered by a conspiracy led by Michael the Amorian.

820–867: Amorian dynastyEdit

Name Reign Comments
  Michael II
(Μιχαὴλ Βʹ ὁ ἐξ Ἀμορίου)
25 December 820 –
2 October 829
Born in 770 at Amorium, he became an army officer. A friend of Leo V, he was raised to high office but led the conspiracy that murdered him. Survived the rebellion of Thomas the Slav, lost Crete to the Arabs and faced the beginning of the Muslim conquest of Sicily, reinforced iconoclasm.
  Theophilos
(Θεόφιλος)
2 October 829 –
20 January 842
Born in 813, as the only son of Michael II. Co-emperor since 821, he succeeded on his father's death.
  Michael III
(Μιχαὴλ Γʹ ὁ Μέθυσος)
20 January 842 –
23 September 867
Born on 19 January 840, he succeeded on Theophilos' death. Under the regency of his mother Theodora until 856, and under the effective control of his uncle Bardas in 862–866. Ended iconoclasm. Murdered by Basil the Macedonian. A pleasure-loving ruler, he was nicknamed "the Drunkard" by later, pro-Basil chroniclers .

867–1056: Macedonian dynastyEdit

Name Reign Comments
  Basil I the Macedonian
(Βασίλειος Αʹ ὁ Μακεδών)
867 –
2 August 886
Born in the Theme of Macedonia ca. 811, he rose in prominence through palace service, becoming a favourite of Michael III. He overthrew Michael and established the Macedonian dynasty. He led successful wars in the East against the Arabs and the Paulicians, and recovered southern Italy for the Empire.
  Leo VI the Wise
(Λέων ΣΤʹ ὁ Σοφός)
886 –
11 May 912
Born on 19 September 866, likely either son of Basil I or Michael III, Leo was known for his erudition. His reign saw a height in Saracen (Muslim) naval raids, culminating in the Sack of Thessalonica, and was marked by unsuccessful wars against the Bulgarians under Simeon I. He was the last emperor to hold the Consulate.
  Alexander
(Ἀλέξανδρος)
11 May 912 –
6 June 913
Son of Basil I, Alexander was born in 870 and raised to co-emperor in 879. Sidelined by Leo VI, Alexander dismissed his brother's principal aides on his accession. He died of exhaustion after a polo game.
  Constantine VII
(Κωνσταντῖνος Ζʹ ὁ Πορφυρογέννητος)
6 June 913 –
9 November 959
The son of Leo VI, he was born on 17/18 May 905 and raised to co-emperor on 15 May 908. His early reign was dominated by successive regencies, first by his mother, Zoe Karbonopsina, and Patriarch Nicholas Mystikos, and from 919 by the admiral Romanos Lekapenos, who wedded his daughter to Constantine and was crowned senior emperor in 920. Constantine was sidelined during the Lekapenos regime, but asserted his control by deposing Romanos's sons in early 945. His reign was marked by struggles with Sayf al-Dawla in the East and an unsuccessful campaign against Crete, and pro-aristocratic policies that saw a partial reversal of Lekapenos' legislation against the dynatoi. He is notable for his promotion of the "Macedonian Renaissance", sponsoring encyclopaedic works and histories. He was a prolific writer himself, best remembered for the manuals on statecraft (De administrando imperio) and ceremonies (De ceremoniis) he compiled for his son, Romanos II.[10]
  Romanos I Lekapenos
(Ῥωμανὸς Αʹ Λεκαπηνός)
17 December 920 –
16 December 944
An admiral of lowly origin, Romanos rose to power as a protector of the young Constantine VII against the general Leo Phokas the Elder. After becoming the emperor's father-in-law, he successively assumed higher offices until he crowned himself senior emperor. His reign was marked by the end of warfare with Bulgaria and the great conquests of John Kourkouas in the East. Romanos promoted his sons Christopher, Stephen and Constantine as co-emperors over Constantine VII, but was himself overthrown by the latter two and confined to an island as a monk. He died there on 15 June 948.
  Romanos II
(Ῥωμανὸς Βʹ ὁ Πορφυρογέννητος)
9 November 959 –
15 March 963
The only surviving son of Constantine VII, he was born on 15 March 938 and succeeded his father on the latter's death. He ruled until his own death, although the government was led mostly by the eunuch Joseph Bringas. His reign was marked by successful warfare in the East against Sayf al-Dawla and the recovery of Crete by general Nikephoros Phokas.
  Nikephoros II Phokas
(Νικηφόρος Βʹ Φωκᾶς)
16 August 963 –
11 December 969
The most successful general of his generation, Nikephoros II was born ca. 912 to the powerful Phokas clan. After the death of Romanos II, he rose to the throne with the support of the army and people as regent for the young emperors Basil II and Constantine VIII, marrying the empress-dowager Theophano. Throughout his reign he led campaigns in the East, conquering much of Syria. He was murdered by his nephew and one-time associate John Tzimiskes.
  John I Tzimiskes
(Ἰωάννης Α΄ Τζιμισκής)
11 December 969 –
10 January 976
Nephew of Nikephoros Phokas, Tzimiskes was born ca. 925. A successful general, he fell out with his uncle and led a conspiracy of disgruntled generals who murdered him. Tzimiskes succeeded Nikephoros as emperor and regent for the young sons of Romanos II. As ruler, Tzimiskes crushed the Rus' in Bulgaria and ended the Bulgarian tsardom before going on to campaign in the East, where he died.
  Basil II
(Βασίλειος Βʹ ὁ Βουλγαροκτόνος)

"the Bulgar-Slayer"

10 January 976 –
15 December 1025
Eldest son of Romanos II, Basil was born in 958. The first decade of his reign was marked by rivalry with the powerful Basil Lekapenos, an unsuccessful war against Bulgaria, and rebellions by generals in Asia Minor. Basil solidified his position through a marriage alliance with Vladimir I of Kiev, and after suppressing the revolts, he embarked on his conquest of Bulgaria. Bulgaria was finally subdued in 1018 after over 20 years of war, interrupted only by sporadic warfare in Syria against the Fatimids. Basil also expanded Byzantine control over most of Armenia. His reign is widely considered as the apogee of medieval Byzantium.
  Constantine VIII
(Κωνσταντῖνος Ηʹ ὁ Πορφυρογέννητος)
15 December 1025 –
15 November 1028
The second son of Romanos II, Constantine was born in 960 and raised to co-emperor in March 962. During the rule of Basil II, he spent his time in idle pleasure. During his short reign he was an indifferent ruler, easily influenced by his courtiers and suspicious of plots to depose him, especially among the military aristocracy, many of whom were blinded and exiled. On his deathbed, he chose Romanos Argyros as husband for his daughter Zoe.[11]
  Zoe Porphyrogenita
(Ζωὴ ἡ Πορφυρογέννητος)
15 November 1028 –
June 1050
The daughter of Constantine VIII, she succeeded on her father's death, as the only surviving member of the Macedonian dynasty, along with her sister Theodora. Her three husbands, Romanos III (1028–1034), Michael IV (1034–1041) and Constantine IX (1042–1050) ruled alongside her.
  Romanos III Argyros
(Ῥωμανὸς Γʹ Ἀργυρός)
15 November 1028 –
11 April 1034
Born in 968, the elderly aristocrat Romanos was chosen by Constantine VIII on his deathbed as Zoe's husband and succeeded on the throne after Constantine's death a few days later.
  Michael IV the Paphlagonian
(Μιχαὴλ Δʹ ὁ Παφλαγών)
11 April 1034 –
10 December 1041
Born in 1010, he became a lover of Zoe even while Romanos III was alive, and succeeded him upon his death as her husband and emperor. Aided by his older brother, the eunuch John the Orphanotrophos, his reign was moderately successful against internal rebellions, but his attempt to recover Sicily failed. He died after a long illness.
  Michael V Kalaphates
(Μιχαὴλ Εʹ ὁ Καλαφάτης)
10 December 1041 –
20 April 1042
Born in 1015, he was the nephew and adopted son of Michael IV. During his reign he tried to sideline Zoe, but a popular revolt forced him to restore her as empress on 19 April 1042, along with her sister Theodora. He was deposed the next day, blinded, castrated and tonsured, dying on 24 August 1042.
  Theodora Porphyrogenita
(Θεοδώρα ἡ Πορφυρογέννητος)
19 April 1042 –
after 31 August 1056
The younger sister of Zoe, born in 984, she was raised as co-ruler on 19 April 1042. After Zoe married her third husband, Constantine IX, in June 1042, Theodora was again sidelined. After Zoe died in 1050 and Constantine in 1055, Theodora assumed full governance of the Empire and reigned until her death. She nominated Michael VI as her successor.
  Constantine IX Monomachos
(Κωνσταντῖνος Θʹ Μονομάχος)
11 June 1042 –
7/8 or 11 January 1055
Born ca. 1000 of noble origin, he had an undistinguished life but was exiled to Lesbos by Michael IV, returning when he was chosen as Zoe's third husband. Constantine supported the mercantile classes and favoured the company of intellectuals, thereby alienating the military aristocracy. A pleasure-loving ruler, he lived an extravagant life with his favourite mistresses and endowed a number of monasteries, chiefly the Nea Moni of Chios and the Mangana Monastery. His reign was marked by invasions by the Pechenegs in the Balkans and the Seljuk Turks in the East, the revolts of George Maniakes and Leo Tornikios, and the Great Schism between the patriarchates of Rome and Constantinople.[12]
Name Reign Comments
  Michael VI Bringas
(Μιχαὴλ ΣΤʹ Βρίγγας)
September 1056 –
31 August 1057
A court bureaucrat and military logothete (hence his first sobriquet). Deposed by military revolt under Isaac Komnenos, he retired to a monastery where he died in 1059.
Name Reign Comments
  Isaac I Komnenos
(Ἰσαάκιος Αʹ Κομνηνός)
5 June 1057 –
22 November 1059
Born c. 1005. A successful general, he rose in revolt leading the eastern armies and was declared Emperor; he was recognized after the abdication of Michael VI on 31 August 1057. He resigned in 1059 and died c. 1061.

1059–1081: Doukid dynastyEdit

Name Reign Comments
  Constantine X Doukas
(Κωνσταντῖνος Ιʹ Δούκας)
24 November 1059 –
22 May 1067
Born in 1006, he became a general and close ally of Isaac Komnenos, and succeeded him as emperor on his abdication. Named his sons Michael, Andronikos and Konstantios as co-emperors
  Michael VII Doukas
(Μιχαὴλ Ζʹ Δούκας)
22 May 1067 –
24 March 1078
Born in 1050 as the eldest son of Constantine X. Co-emperor since 1059, he succeeded on his father's death. Due to his minority he was under the regency of his mother, Eudokia Makrembolitissa, in 1067–1068, and relegated to junior emperor under her second husband Romanos IV Diogenes in 1068–1071. Senior emperor in 1071–1078, he named his son Constantine co-emperor alongside his brothers. He abdicated before the revolt of Nikephoros Botaneiates, retired to a monastery and died c. 1090.
  Romanos IV Diogenes
(Ῥωμανὸς Δʹ Διογένης)
1 January 1068 –
24 October 1071
Born in 1032, a successful general he married empress-dowager Eudokia Makrembolitissa and became senior emperor as guardian of her sons by Constantine X. Deposed by the Doukas partisans after the Battle of Manzikert, blinded in June 1072 and exiled. He died soon after.
  Nikephoros III Botaneiates
(Νικηφόρος Γʹ Βοτανειάτης)
31 March 1078 –
4 April 1081
Born in 1001, he was the strategos of the Anatolic Theme. He rebelled against Michael VII and was welcomed into the capital. He weathered several revolts, but was overthrown by the Komnenos clan. He retired to a monastery where he died on 10 December of the same year (1081).

1081–1185: Komnenid dynastyEdit

Name Reign Comments
  Alexios I Komnenos
(Ἀλέξιος Αʹ Κομνηνός)
4 April 1081 –
15 August 1118
Born in 1056, a nephew of Isaac I Komnenos. A distinguished general, he overthrew Nikephoros III. His reign was dominated by wars against the Normans and the Seljuk Turks, as well as the arrival of the First Crusade and the establishment of independent Crusader states. He retained Constantine Doukas as co-emperor until 1087 and named his eldest son John co-emperor in 1092.
  John II Komnenos
(Ἰωάννης Βʹ Κομνηνός)
15 August 1118 –
8 April 1143
Born on 13 September 1087 as the eldest son of Alexios I. Co-emperor since 1092, he succeeded upon his father's death. His reign was focused on wars with the Turks. A popular and frugal ruler, he was known as "John the Good". Named his eldest son Alexios co-emperor in 1122, but he died before him.
  Manuel I Komnenos
(Μανουὴλ Αʹ Κομνηνός)
1143 –
24 September 1180
Born on 28 November 1118 as the third and youngest son of John II, he was chosen as emperor over his elder brother Isaac by his father on his deathbed. An energetic ruler, he launched campaigns against the Turks, humbled Hungary, achieved supremacy over the Crusader states, and tried unsuccessfully to recover Italy. His extravagance and constant campaigning, however, depleted the Empire's resources.
  Alexios II Komnenos
(Ἀλέξιος B' Κομνηνός)
24 September 1180 –
October 1183
Born on 14 September 1169 as the only son of Manuel I. In 1180–1182 under the regency of his mother, Maria of Antioch. She was overthrown by Andronikos I Komnenos, who became co-emperor and finally had Alexios II deposed and killed.
  Andronikos I Komnenos
(Ἀνδρόνικος Αʹ Κομνηνός)
1183 –
11 September 1185
Born c. 1118, a nephew of John II by his brother Isaac. A general, he was imprisoned for conspiring against John II, but escaped and spent 15 years in exile in various courts in eastern Europe and the Middle East. He seized the regency from Maria of Antioch in 1182 and subsequently the throne from his nephew Alexios II. An unpopular ruler, he was overthrown and lynched in a popular uprising.

1185–1204: Angelid dynastyEdit

Name Reign Comments
  Isaac II Angelos
(Ἰσαάκιος Βʹ Ἄγγελος)
1185–1195 Born in September 1156, Isaac came to the throne at the head of a popular revolt against Andronikos I. His reign was marked by revolts and wars in the Balkans, especially against a resurgent Bulgaria. He was deposed, blinded and imprisoned by his elder brother, Alexios III.
  Alexios III Angelos
(Ἀλέξιος Γʹ Ἄγγελος)
1195 –
17/18 July 1203
Born in 1153, Alexios was the elder brother of Isaac II. His reign was marked by misgovernment and the increasing autonomy of provincial magnates. He was deposed by the Fourth Crusade and fled Constantinople, roaming Greece and Asia Minor, searching for support to regain his throne. He died in Nicaean captivity in 1211.
  Isaac II Angelos
(Ἰσαάκιος Βʹ Ἄγγελος)

(second reign)

18 July 1203 –
27/28 January 1204
Restored to his throne by the Crusaders, actual rule fell to his son Alexios IV. Due to their failure to deal with the Crusaders' demands, he was deposed by Alexios V Doukas in January 1204 and died on 28 January 1204, perhaps of poison.
  Alexios IV Angelos
(Ἀλέξιος Δʹ Ἄγγελος)
1 August 1203 –
27/28 January 1204
Born in 1182, the son of Isaac II. He enlisted the Fourth Crusade to return his father to the throne, and reigned alongside his restored father. Due to their failure to deal with the Crusaders' demands, he was deposed by Alexios V Doukas in January 1204, and was strangled on 8 February.
  Alexios V Doukas
(Ἀλέξιος Εʹ Δούκας ὁ Μούρτζουφλος)
5 February 1204 –
13 April 1204
Born in 1140, the son-in-law of Alexios III and a prominent aristocrat, he deposed Isaac II and Alexios IV in a palace coup. He tried to repel the Crusaders, but they captured Constantinople forcing him to flee. He joined the exiled Alexios III, but was later blinded by the latter. Captured by the Crusaders, he was executed in December 1205.

1204–1261: Laskarid dynasty (Empire of Nicaea)Edit

Name Reign Comments
  Theodore I Laskaris
(Θεόδωρος Αʹ Λάσκαρις)
1205–
December 1221/1222
Born c. 1174, he rose to prominence as a son-in-law of Alexios III. His brother Constantine Laskaris was elected emperor by the citizens of Constantinople on the day the city fell to the Crusaders; he later fled to Nicaea, where Theodore organized the Greek resistance to the Latins. Proclaimed emperor after Constantine's death in 1205, Theodore was crowned only in 1208. He managed to stop the Latin advance in Asia and to repel Seljuk attacks, establishing the Empire of Nicaea as the strongest of the Greek successor states.
  John III Doukas Vatatzes
(Ἰωάννης Γʹ Δούκας Βατάτζης)
15 December 1221/1222–
3 November 1254
Born c. 1192, he became the son-in-law and successor of Theodore I in 1212. A capable ruler and soldier, he expanded his state in Bithynia, Thrace and Macedonia at the expense of the Latin Empire, Bulgaria and the rival Greek state of Epirus.
  Theodore II Laskaris
(Θεόδωρος Βʹ Λάσκαρις)
3 November 1254–
18 August 1258
Born in 1221/1222 as the only son of John III, he succeeded on his father's death. His reign was marked by his hostility towards the major houses of the aristocracy, and by his victory against Bulgaria and the subsequent expansion into and Albania.
  John IV Laskaris
(Ἰωάννης Δʹ Λάσκαρις)
18 August 1258–
25 December 1261
Born on 25 December 1250 as the only son of Theodore II, he succeeded on his father's death. Due to his minority, the regency was exercised at first by George Mouzalon until his assassination, and then by Michael Palaiologos, who within months was crowned senior emperor. After the recovery of Constantinople in August 1261, Palaiologos sidelined John IV completely, had him blinded and imprisoned. John IV died c. 1305.

1261–1453: Palaiologan dynastyEdit

Name Reign Comments
  Michael VIII Palaiologos
(Μιχαὴλ Ηʹ Παλαιολόγος)
1 January 1259–
11 December 1282
Born in 1223, great-grandson of Alexios III, grandnephew of John III by marriage. Senior emperor alongside John IV in 1259, sole emperor since 25 December 1261.
  Andronikos II Palaiologos
(Ἀνδρόνικος Βʹ Παλαιολόγος)
11 December 1282–
24 May 1328
Son of Michael VIII, he was born on 25 March 1259. Named co-emperor in September 1261, crowned in 1272, he succeeded as sole emperor on Michael's death. Favouring monks and intellectuals, he neglected the army, and his reign saw the collapse of the Byzantine position in Asia Minor. He named his son Michael IX co-emperor. In a protracted civil war, he was first forced to recognize his grandson Andronikos III as co-emperor and was then deposed outright. He died on 13 February 1332.
  Andronikos III Palaiologos
(Ἀνδρόνικος Γʹ Παλαιολόγος)
24 May 1328–
15 June 1341
Son of Michael IX, he was born on 25 March 1297 and named co-emperor in 1316. Rival emperor since July 1321, he deposed his grandfather Andronikos II in 1328 and ruled as sole emperor until his death. Supported by John Kantakouzenos, his reign saw defeats against the Ottoman emirate but successes in Europe, where Epirus and Thessaly were recovered.
  John V Palaiologos
(Ἰωάννης Εʹ Παλαιολόγος)
15 June 1341–
12 August 1376
Only son of Andronikos III, he had not been crowned co-emperor or declared heir at his father's death, a fact which led to the outbreak of a destructive civil war between his regents and his father's closest aide, John VI Kantakouzenos, who was crowned co-emperor. The conflict ended in 1347 with Kantakouzenos recognized as senior emperor, but he was deposed by John V in 1354, during another civil war. Matthew Kantakouzenos, raised by John VI to co-emperor, was also deposed in 1357. John V appealed to the West for aid against the Ottomans, but in 1371 he was forced to recognize Ottoman suzerainty. He was deposed in 1376 by his son Andronikos IV.
  John VI Kantakouzenos
(Ἰωάννης ΣΤʹ Καντακουζηνός)
8 February 1347–
4 December 1354
A maternal relative of the Palaiologoi, he was declared co-emperor on 26 October 1341, and was recognized as senior emperor for ten years after the end of the civil war on 8 February 1347. Deposed by John V in 1354, he became a monk, dying on 15 June 1383.
  Andronikos IV Palaiologos
(Ἀνδρόνικος Δʹ Παλαιολόγος)
12 August 1376–
1 July 1379
Son of John V and grandson of John VI, he was born on 2 April 1348 and raised to co-emperor c. 1352. He deposed his father on 12 August 1376 and ruled until overthrown in turn in 1379. He was again recognized as co-emperor in 1381 and given Selymbria as an appanage, dying there on 28 June 1385.
  John V Palaiologos
(Ἰωάννης Εʹ Παλαιολόγος)
1 July 1379–
14 April 1390
Restored to senior emperor, he was reconciled with Andronikos IV in 1381, re-appointing him co-emperor. He was overthrown again in 1390 by his grandson, John VII.
  John VII Palaiologos
(Ἰωάννης Ζʹ Παλαιολόγος)
14 April 1390–
17 September 1390
Son of Andronikos IV, he was born in 1370, and named co-emperor under his father in 1377–79. He usurped the throne from his grandfather John V for five months in 1390, but with Ottoman mediation he was reconciled with John V and his uncle, Manuel II. He held Constantinople against the Ottomans in 1399–1402, and was then given Thessalonica as an appanage, which he governed until his death on 22 September 1408. His son Andronikos V Palaiologos ruled alongside him as co-emperor.
  John V Palaiologos
(Ἰωάννης Εʹ Παλαιολόγος)
17 September 1390–
16 February 1391
Restored to senior emperor, he ruled until his death in February 1391.
  Manuel II Palaiologos
(Μανουὴλ Βʹ Παλαιολόγος)
16 February 1391–
21 July 1425
Second son of John V, he was born on 27 June 1350. Raised to co-emperor in 1373, he became senior emperor on John V's death and ruled until his death. He journeyed to the West European courts seeking aid against the Turks, and was able to use the Ottoman defeat in the Battle of Ankara to regain some territories and throw off his vassalage to them.
  John VIII Palaiologos
(Ἰωάννης Η' Παλαιολόγος)
21 July 1425–
31 October 1448
Eldest surviving son of Manuel II, he was born on 18 December 1392. Raised to co-emperor c. 1416, he succeeded his father on his death. Seeking aid against the resurgent Ottomans, he ratified the Union of the Churches in 1439. He was the last Eastern emperor to visit Rome in 1423.
  Constantine XI Palaiologos
(Κωνσταντῖνος ΙΑʹ Παλαιολόγος)
6 January 1449–
29 May 1453
The fourth son of Manuel II, he was born on 8 February 1405. As Despot of the Morea since 1428, he distinguished himself in campaigns that annexed the Principality of Achaea and brought the Duchy of Athens under temporary Byzantine suzerainty, but was unable to repel Turkish attacks under Turahan Bey. As the eldest surviving brother, he succeeded John VIII after the latter's death. Facing the designs of the new Ottoman sultan, Mehmed II, on Constantinople, Constantine acknowledged the Union of the Churches and made repeated appeals for help to the West, but in vain. Refusing to surrender the city, he was killed during the final Ottoman attack on 29 May 1453.[13]

See alsoEdit

NotesEdit

  1. ^ The other claimants for the throne in the Year of the Five Emperors were Pescennius Niger and Clodius Albinus, supported by the Syrian and British legions respectively. Although not completely defeated until 197, they were not formally accepted by the senate and were therefore not technically reigning emperors.
  2. ^ Romulus Agustulus biographic details.

ReferencesEdit

CitationsEdit

  1. ^ Rubicon. Holland, T. Abacus, 978-0349115634
  2. ^ Chester G. Starr, A History of the Ancient World, Second Edition. Oxford University Press, 1974. pp. 670–678.
  3. ^ Herrin, Judith (2011-03-12). "The Glories of Byzantium". Wall Street Journal. ISSN 0099-9660. Retrieved 2017-12-10.
  4. ^ Asimov, [title?], p. 198.
  5. ^ Lee, pp. 163–164.
  6. ^ Goldsworthy, pp. 425–440
  7. ^ Breeze & Dobson, pp. 251–255
  8. ^ Moss, Henry, The Birth of the Middle Ages Clarendon Press (London) 1935; Folio Society reprint (London) 1998; pp. 24-28, 281-284.
  9. ^ "Roman Emperors After Theodosius I". Retrieved 30 September 2014.
  10. ^ Kazhdan, Alexander; Cutler, Anthony (1991). "Constantine VII Porphyrogennetos". In Kazhdan, Alexander P. Oxford Dictionary of Byzantium. New York; Oxford: Oxford University Press. pp. 502–503. ISBN 978-0-19-504652-6.
  11. ^ Brand, Charles M.; Cutler, Anthony (1991). "Constantine VIII". In Kazhdan, Alexander P. Oxford Dictionary of Byzantium. New York; Oxford: Oxford University Press. pp. 503–504. ISBN 978-0-19-504652-6.
  12. ^ Brand, Charles M.; Cutler, Anthony (1991). "Constantine IX Monomachos". In Kazhdan, Alexander P. Oxford Dictionary of Byzantium. New York; Oxford: Oxford University Press. p. 504. ISBN 978-0-19-504652-6.
  13. ^ Talbot, Alice-Mary (1991). "Constantine XI Palaiologos". In Kazhdan, Alexander P. Oxford Dictionary of Byzantium. New York; Oxford: Oxford University Press. p. 505. ISBN 978-0-19-504652-6.

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