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Heraclonas

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Heraclius and his sons Heraclius Constantine and Heraclonas.

Heraclonas (626 - 641?), Byzantine emperor (February - September 641), was the son of Heraclius and Martina. At the end of Heraclius' reign he obtained through his motherís influence the title of Augustus in 638, and after his fatherís death was proclaimed joint emperor with his half-brother Heraclius Constantine (Constantine III).

The premature death of Constantine, in May 641, left Heraclonas sole ruler. But a suspicion that he and Martina had murdered Constantine led soon after to a revolt, and to the mutilation and banishment of the supposed offenders. This was the first time a reigning emperor had been subjected to mutilation, which was a practise probably borrowed from the Persians; in this case, Martina's tongue was cut out, and Heraclius' nose was cut off. Nothing further is known about Heraclonas after his removal. He is presumed to have died later that year. Constans II, the son of Constantine III, became emperor.


Preceded by:
Constantine III
Byzantine Emperor
Succeeded by:
Constans II

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