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Judith Herrin

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780691153018

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691153018.001.0001

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Philippikos and the Greens

Philippikos and the Greens

(p.179) 8 Philippikos and the Greens
Margins and Metropolis

Judith Herrin

Princeton University Press

This chapter examines the role played by the circus faction called the Greens in getting rid of Philippikos and replacing him with a civilian official, Artemios the secretary, as emperor of Byzantium in 713. Ever since the publication of Alan Cameron's book on the circus factions, it has been agreed that the Blues and Greens played a much less political role after the tumultuous reigns of Maurice and Phokas. Herakleios (610–41) diverted their energies into the far more manageable and benign roles of court entertainment: music and dancing, which had already been expanded in the sixth century. The chapter narrates the coup d'état staged by soldiers from the nearby military units of Opsikion and Thrace against Philippikos, who celebrated Constantinople's birthday on 11 May 713 with the customary races in the Hippodrome.

Keywords:   circus factions, Greens, Philippikos, Artemios, Byzantium, Blues, coup d'état, soldiers, Constantinople, Hippodrome

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