Papatzys 1

Prosopography of the Byzantine Empire
Dates698 (tpq) / 705 (taq)
PmbZ No.5709
LocationsPhanagouria (Zichia) (officeplace);
Phanagouria (Zichia) (residence);
Phanagouria (Zichia)
Textual SourcesNicephorus, Breviarium Historiae, ed. C. Mango, Nikephoros, Patriarch of Constantinople: Short History; prev. ed. C. de Boor Nicephori ArchiepiscopiConstantinopolitani Opuscula Historica Leipzig 1880 (history);
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)

Papatzys 1 was ruler of the Khazars at Phanagouria, where he represented the khagan of the Khazars (Anonymus 176): Nic. Brev. de Boor 41, Mango 42 (unnamed, ὁ ἄρχων τῶν ὁμοεθνῶν), Theoph. AM 6196 (Παπατζύν, τὸν ἐκ προσώπου αὐτοῦ (of the khagan) ἐκεῖσε ὄντα at Phanagouria). Papatzys 1 was a close friend of the exiled emperor Justinian II (Ioustinianos 1); he and Balgitzis 1 received instructions from the khagan of the Khazars (Anonymus 176) to murder Ioustinianos 1; Ioustinianos 1 learnt of the plot and killed him: Theoph. AM 6196, Nic. Brev. de Boor 41, Mango 42. The date was 698/705, in the reign of Tiberios III Apsimar (Tiberios 2), who persuaded Anonymus 176 to try and kill Ioustinianos 1.

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