Andreas 2

Prosopography of the Byzantine Empire
FloruitM VII
Dates668 (taq) / 669 (ob.)
PmbZ No.354
Variant Names'ndr''
LocationsSyracuse (Sicily)
TitlesLoustes (office)
Textual SourcesChronicon Anonymi ad annum 1234 pertinens, ed. and tr. J.-B. Chabot, I = CSCO 81-82 (Paris, 1916-20), II = CSCO 109 (Louvain, 1937) (chronicle);
Michael the Syrian, Chronicle, ed. and tr. J.-B. Chabot, La chronique de Michel le Syrien (Paris, 1899-1904) (chronicle);
Theophanes Confessor, Chronographia, ed. C. de Boor, 2 vols. (Leipzig, 1883-85, repr. Hildesheim/NewYork, 1980); tr. and comm. C. Mango and R. Scott, The Chronicle of Theophanes Confessor, Oxford 1997 (chronicle)

Andreas was the son of Troilos 1; he was an attendant of the emperor Constans II (Konstans 1) (ὑπουργῶν αὐτῷ: Theoph. AM 6160), whom he assassinated in the baths of Daphne in Syracuse (while bathing him: Chron. 1234) before running away and escaping: Theoph. AM 6160, Chron. 1234, §139 (p. 287) ("and nobody caught him"), Mich. Syr. II 451. Subsequently the emperor Constantine IV (Konstantinos 2) executed the usurper Mizizios 1 "together with his father's murderers" (σὺν τῶν φονέων (sic) τοῦ ἰδίου πατρός), cf. Theoph. AM 6160, p. 352, note to line 6, and Chron. 1234, loc. cit. ("he seized Mizizios and killed him and all those who had a part in the murder of his father"). This implies that Andreas 2 was part of a conspiracy, which is against the sense of the earlier passage. According to Nicephorus, Constans II (Konstans 1) was treacherously murdered "by his own servants" (ὑπὸ τῶν ἰδίων ὑπηρέτων): Nic. Brev. de Boor 31. Andreas 2 was perhaps a λούστης. See Ostrogorsky, History, p. 123, n. 1 on the Sicilian expedition of Konstantinos 2 and the execution of the conspirators.

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