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ⓘ Basiliskianos, also Basiliskos or Basilikinos, was a Byzantine courtier and companion of emperor Michael III. Very little is known about his origin and early li ..




Basiliskianos
                                     

ⓘ Basiliskianos

Basiliskianos, also Basiliskos or Basilikinos, was a Byzantine courtier and companion of emperor Michael III.

Very little is known about his origin and early life. John Skylitzes and Theophanes Continuatus and Sonara who should they report that it was originally a simple oarsman in one of the Emperors personal ships, but this may well be a later fabrication to discredit him. Theophanes Constinuatus also reports that he was the brother of Constantine Kapnogenes, which later became the Eparch of the city.

On 866, Basiliskianos rose to the rank of Patrikios, and served in the Imperial family koiton, being one of the Emperor Michael DPCs close friends. On 1 September this year, after the chariot races in the Palace of St. mamas in modern Istanbul, Basiliskianos congratulated the Emperor that his insincere apology on his victory, which, according to chroniclers, in delight, Michael had ordered him to take of his own legs, red Imperial boots tzangia and put them on. This caused displeasure Michaels co-Emperor Basil the Macedonian, a man of humble origin, which reached power through his close relationship with Michael. Michael, seeing the blissful disapproval, became angry and threatened to make Basiliskianos co-Emperor of Basils on the spot.

The split between Michael and his former protege widened, then on 24 Sep 867, when Michael retired drunk in his apartment in Saint mamas, Basil and eight of his supporters moved to kill the Emperor. In protovestiarios Rendakios, who usually slept until the emperors bedroom, was absent, and Basiliskianos took his place for the night. When Basil and his accomplices burst into the bedchamber, Basiliskianos tried to resist them, but was wounded and thrown aside. After the conspirators killed Michael, they sailed down the Bosphorus back to Constantinople, where he was hastily crowned sole Emperor, inaugurating the Macedonian dynasty. Nothing further is known about Basiliskianos after that.