Eleutherios the Younger

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Eleutherios the Younger was a Byzantine official who overthrew Gennadios and possibly succeeded him as Exarch of Africa.

In 663, Emperor Constans II demanded an increase in tribute from Africa and moved the imperial court to Syracuse in Sicily. The Exarch of Africa, Gennadios refused to provide the additional revenue that Constans demanded and subsequently expelled the emperor’s representative.[1] Eleutherios the Younger led the local citizens, who joined a garrison of troops, to expel Gennadios in 665.[2] Gennadios fled to the court of the Umayyad caliph Muawiyah I at Damascus, asking him for aid in recapturing Carthage. In 665, the Caliph sent a force to invade Byzantine Africa, but Gennadios died in late 665, upon reaching Alexandria.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Treadgold 1997, p. 935.
  2. ^ Pringle 1981, p. 47.
  3. ^ Treadgold 1997, p. 320.

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Preceded by
Gennadios (II)
Exarch of Africa
665/666 – unknown
Succeeded by
Unknown