Constantine VI

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Constantine VI,

b. c.770, Byzantine emperor (780–97), son and successor of Leo IV. His mother, IreneIrene
, c.750–803, Byzantine empress (797–802). She served (780–90) as regent for her son, Constantine VI, and later was made (792) joint ruler. Devoted to the Orthodox Church, she bent most of her efforts to suppressing iconoclasm.
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, was regent until 790, when she was deposed by a military revolt. Constantine recalled her in 792 and made her joint ruler. His subsequent acts of cruelty and his divorce and immediate remarriage (795) alienated his supporters. In 797, Irene deposed her son, had him blinded, and assumed the imperial title. Constantine died in obscurity during the reign (820–29) of Michael IIMichael II
(Michael the Stammerer), d. 829, Byzantine emperor (820–29). A native of Phrygia, he fought with Emperor Leo V, whom he had helped gain the throne. Leo had him arrested for heading a conspiracy, but the plotters murdered Leo and raised Michael to the throne.
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. In his minority the Second Council of NicaeaNicaea, Second Council of,
787, 7th ecumenical council, convened by Byzantine Empress Irene. Called to refute iconoclasm, the council declared that images ought to be venerated (but not worshiped) and ordered them restored in churches.
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, which restored icon veneration, took place (787). Constantine fought indecisively against the Bulgarians and the Arabs.
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After all, the empress-regent Irene had been chosen by Constantine V to marry his son Leo IV [775-780], to whom she had borne the next emperor, Constantine VI [780-797].
Highly connected in worldly terms (his brother was archbishop of Thessalonica and his niece Theodote was Emperor Constantine VI's second wife) and at one time advisor to the iconodule emperor Michael I, Theodore nevertheless lived in exile for more than fifteen years of his life, was flogged almost to death, starved, and imprisoned in the worst dungeons Byzantium had to offer.

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