Eudokia (wife of Justinian II)

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Byzantine empress
Born 7th century
Died 7th century
Burial Church of the Holy Apostles
Spouse Justinian II
Issue "Anastasia" (name assigned to otherwise unnamed daughter)
Dynasty Heraclian Dynasty

Eudokia (Greek: Ευδοκία) was the first Empress consort of Byzantine Emperor Justinian II.[1][2][3]


The name and place of burial of Eudokia in the Church of the Holy Apostles was recorded in De Ceremoniis by Constantine VII. However little else is known of her. She is presumed to have been married to Justinian II during his first reign (685–695) and to have either predeceased him or divorced him by the time of his second marriage to Theodora of Khazaria in 703.

A daughter of Justinian is reported by the chronicle of Theophanes the Confessor and the Chronographikon syntomon of Ecumenical Patriarch Nikephoros I of Constantinople to have been betrothed to Tervel of Bulgaria between 704 and 705. Her name is presumed to have been "Anastasia", after her paternal grandmother, Anastasia. She is the only known child attributed to Eudokia.

Possible descendants

Modern genealogists have theorised Eudokia and Justinian II may have descendants among later Bulgarian and Byzantine royalty and nobility. The theories rely on the successful marriage of her daughter "Anastasia" to Tervel of Bulgaria; however, the Byzantine chroniclers give us only fragmentary knowledge of the Bulgarian royal lineages of her time and no clear description of the relations the Bulgarian monarchs had to each other. Thus there is little evidence to support them beyond the theoretical level.

See also


  1. ^ W. M. Ramsay (2010). The Historical Geography of Asia Minor. p. 433. "Constantino Porphyrogenitus... mentions that Eudokia, wife of Justinian II...
  2. ^ Anne Commire (1994). Historic World Leaders: Africa, Middle East, Asia, Pacific. Gale Research Incorporated.
  3. ^ Lynda Garland. Eudocia (First Wife of Justinian II ).

External links

  • Cawley, Charles, A listing of Constantine III with descendants and their spouses ., Medieval Lands database, Foundation for Medieval Genealogy
Royal titles
Preceded by
Byzantine Empress consort
c. 685–695
Succeeded by
Theodora of Khazaria
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