See also:Roman emperor (602-610), was a Cappadocian of humble origin . He was still but a
See also:centurion when chosen by the army of the
See also:Danube to lead it against Constantinople . A revolt within the city soon afterwards resulted in the
See also:abdication of the reigning emperor
See also:Maurice, and in the
See also:elevation of Phocas to the
See also:throne, which seems to have been accomplished by one of the
See also:circus factions against the wish of the troops . Phocas proved entirely incapable of governing the
See also:empire . He consented to pay an increased tribute to the
See also:Avars and allowed the Persians, who had declared war in 604 under
See also:Chosroes II., to overrun the
See also:Asiatic provinces and to penetrate to the
See also:Bosporus . When the
See also:Heraclius declared against him, Phocas was deserted by the starving populace of Constantinople, and deposed with scarcely a struggle (61o) . He died in the same
See also:year on the
See also:scaffold . See J . B . Bury, The Later Roman Empire (
See also:London, 1889), ii . 197-206 .
PHOCAEA (mod. Fukia or Fokha)
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