Gregorios 70

Prosopography of the Byzantine Empire
FloruitE/M IX
Dates820 (taq) / 847 (tpq)
PmbZ No.2474
LocationsProte (Princes' Islands) (exileplace);
Constantinople (residence);
Prote (Princes' Islands) (residence);
Prote (Princes' Islands) (topographical)
Textual SourcesGenesii, Josephi, Regum Libri Quattuor, eds. A. Lesmüller-Werner and I. Thurn, CFHB 14 (Berlin, 1978) (history);
Leo Grammaticus, Chronographia, ed. I. Bekker (Bonn, 1842) (chronicle);
Theophanes Continuatus, ed. I. Bekker (Bonn, 1838) (history);
Vita Ignatii Patriarchae, by Nicetas (BHG 817), PG 105.488-574) (hagiography);
Zonaras = Ioannis Zonarae Epitome Historiarum, libri XIII-XVIII, ed. Th. Büttner-Wobst, (Bonn, 1897) (history)

Gregorios 70 was the son of the emperor Leo V (Leo 15) and Theodosia 1; brother of Symbatios Konstantinos (Konstantinos 29), Basilios 54 and Theodosios 39; after the murder of their father they were all castrated and exiled to the island of Prote: Theoph. Cont. II 1 (p. 41), Genesius I 21, Zon. XV 22.2 (τὴν δὲ τοῦ Λέοντος γαμετὴν καὶ τοὺς παῖδας (τέσσαρες δ' ἦσαν: Σαββάτιος, ὃς ἐν τῷ ἀναγορεύεσθαι μετωνόμαστο Κωνσταντῖνος, Βασίλειός τε καὶ Γρηγόριος καὶ τέταρτος Θεοδόσιος). They were castrated and tonsured: Nicetas, Vita Ignatii 493B (τούς τε αὐτοῦ υἱοὺς εὐνουχισθῆναι και καρῆναι). They were tonsured and became monks: Leo Gramm. 211. They, with their mother, were allowed to live on the revenues from some of their estates: Zon. XV 22. 7. Son of the emperor Leo V (Leo 15), brother of Basilios 54; in spite of their father's heresy they were orthodox and they supported the choice of Ignatios 1 as successor to Methodios 1: Genesius IV 18. They were therefore still alive in 847.

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