Sisinnios 2

Prosopography of the Byzantine Empire
FloruitE VIII
Dates718 (taq) / 718 (ob.)
TitlesPatrikios (dignity)
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)

Nicknamed Rhendakios, Sissinios 2 was a patrikios in 718: Nic. Brev. de Boor 55-56, Mango 57:3-4 (Σισίννιον πατρίκιον τὸ ἐπίκλην Ῥενδάκιον), Theoph. AM 6211 (Σισίννιον τὸν πατρίκιον, τὸ ἐπίκλην Ῥενδάκιν). In that year the emperor Leo III (Leo 3) sent him on an embassy to the Bulgars with a view to seeking their cooperation against the Arabs; while with the Bulgars he was approached by Artemios (the exiled emperor Anastasius II, Anastasios 6) for help in regaining the throne, and asked to secure the help also of the Bulgars; he did this and accompanied Artemios (Anastasios 6) and the Bulgars as far as Heraclea, where the Bulgars abandoned the cause, surrendered Artemios (Anastasios 6) to the emperor and also cut off the head of Sisinnios 2 and sent it to Constantinople: Nic. Brev. de Boor 55-6, Mango 57. Theophanes records only that the Bulgars cut off his head as a supporter of Artemios (Anastasis 6): Theoph. AM 6211. See also Niketas 3, and Rochow, Theophanes, pp. 101-102. Cf. Sisinnios 30.

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