Theoktistos the Confessor
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Theoktistos or Theoctistus (
Nothing is known of Theoktistos' early life. He is called a
Following Theophilos' death, the regency council took over the conduct of affairs of state. Theodora's brothers Bardas and Petronas and her relative Sergios Niketiates also played an important role in the early days of the regency.
The regency moved quickly to end
A week after that, Theoktistos and Sergios Niketiates were sent on a campaign to recover
Despite his personal involvement in these military disasters, Theoktistos was able to use them to sideline his competitors: Bardas was blamed for the desertions that plagued the Byzantines at Mauropotamos and exiled from Constantinople, while the magistros Manuel was slandered and forced to retire. With Niketiates dead, Theoktistos was now the undisputed head of the regency, a position described by the Byzantine chroniclers, like
Theoktistos continued the persecution of the
To the north, the
Only fragmentary evidence survives concerning Theoktistos' domestic policies.
Downfall and death
In 855, Michael III turned fifteen and thus came nominally of age. His mother and Theoktistos both underestimated the young emperor's desire to free himself from their custodianship, and antagonized him further when they arranged a
- Lilie et al. 2001, p. 579 (note 1).
- Hollingsworth 1991, p. 2056.
- Lilie et al. 2001, p. 578.
- Treadgold 1997, p. 446.
- Treadgold 1997, pp. 446–447.
- Lilie et al. 2001, p. 579.
- Treadgold 1997, p. 447.
- Lilie et al. 2001, pp. 578–579.
- Treadgold 1997, p. 448.
- Stern 1960, p. 219.
- Treadgold 1997, p. 449.
- Treadgold 1997, pp. 448–450.
- Vasiliev 1935, pp. 205–206.
- Vasiliev 1935, pp. 206–207.
- Vasiliev 1935, pp. 208, 219.
- Treadgold 1997, p. 450.