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Information about reign: Ἰουστινιανός Β΄ / Iustinianus Augustus (Emperor Justinian II), first reign

CountryEastern Roman Empire (Byzantine Empire)
From14 September 685
To695
Personal InformationEmperor Justinian II of the Eastern Roman Empire (668 - 711)
Description

Justinian II (Greek: Ἰουστινιανός Β΄, Latin: Iustinianus Augustus), surnamed the Rhinotmetos or Rhinotmetus (ὁ Ῥινότμητος, "the slit-nosed"), was the last Byzantine Emperor of the Heraclian Dynasty, reigning from 685 to 695 and again from 705 to 711. Justinian II was an ambitious and passionate ruler who was keen to restore the Empire to its former glories, but he responded poorly to any opposition to his will and lacked the finesse of his father, Constantine IV. Consequently, he generated enormous opposition to his reign, resulting in his deposition in 695 in a popular uprising, and he only returned to the throne in 705 with the help of a Bulgar and Slav army. His second reign was even more despotic than the first, and it too saw his eventual overthrow in 711, abandoned by his army who turned on him before killing him.