Strategius Apion

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Flavius Strategius Apion Strategius Apion (died between 577 and 579) was a patrician of the Byzantine Empire and the consul ordinarius of 539. He was a member of the wealthy and prominent Apion family of Oxyrhynchus, Egypt.[1]

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Strategius Apion was son to a senior Strategius. He had a son also known as Strategius, named in one of the Oxyrhynchus Papyri. This son and his wife Eusebia maintained friendly relations with Pope Gregory I, mentioned in his extant correspondence.[2] The youngest Strategius was not the only heir of Apion mentioned in the latter's will. He shared his inheritance with Praejecta, another Apion, and Georgius. An interpretation of the text suggests Praejecta was the widow of Apion, while Strategius, Apion, and Georgius were their three sons.[3]

Strategius Apion is mentioned variously as consul, vir illustris, and comes domesticorum during the 530s. Texts from circa 547-548 mention him as a patrician. Texts from circa 548/549 to 550/551 mention him as dux of the Thebaid. This position typically came with the honorific title of patrician. He is called patrician in a text dated to 556, indicating he had already received the title. He was mentioned at the time as stratelates and pagarch of Arsinoe. This placed him in charge of the pagarchy local to Oxyrhynchus and its vicinity.[3]

The Oxyrhynchus Papyri preserve information as to the extent of the familial estates and the business affairs relating to them. John Malalas also mentions a residence of Apion in Constantinople for an incident in May 562, when certain persons of the House of Apion hurled verbal insults at the Green faction of the Hippodrome. Apion is presumed active in the Byzantine Senate when present at the capital, Constantinople. He is last mentioned alive in 577, mentioned as already deceased by 579.[4]

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Political offices
Preceded by
John the Cappadocian
Consul of the Roman Empire
539
Succeeded by
Justin