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Today in History: Heraclius Takes the Throne

Posted by Gilbert Stack on October 5, 2018 at 4:55 AM

On this day (October 5) in 610 Heraclius overthrew Byzantine Emperor Phocas and became Emperor himself. He would have a storied career reorganizing the Byzantine military so he could fight and eventually defeat the Persian Empire, reclaiming significant territory for the Eastern Roman Empire. Yet for all of that he does not go down as an all time great Emperor because the Islamic armies would come out of Arabia and take most of those territories away from him before his death.

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