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Tiberius III (Τιβέριος Γ')(d. 705) was Byzantine emperor from 698-705.

He was actually a German army officer named Apsimar. He overthrew the general John the Patrician at Carthage in 697. Apsimar then led a siege against Constantinople, where other officers loyal to him opened the gates and proclaimed him emperor. He mutilated and imprisoned the previous emperor, Leontius.

As emperor, Tiberius III ignored Africa, but attacked the Arabs in the east, winning minor victories. Meanwhile, in 703, Justinian II escaped from exile and made his way back to Constantinople in 705. Justinian easily regained control, and had Tiberius captured and executed.


Preceded by: Leontius
Byzantine Emperor
Succeeded by: Justinian II



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