Thomas the Slav

Thomas the Slav
   General (called "the Slav") whose rebellion (820-823) against Michael II (q.v.) may have been provoked by Michael II's assassination of Leo V (q.v.). Assuming the guise of the late Constantine VI (q.v.), he attracted support from most of the themes of Asia Minor (qq.v.), including the naval theme of Kibyrrhaiotai (qq.v.), with whose help he besieged Constantinople (q.v.) from 821-823. Thomas's opposition to Iconoclasm (q.v.) and his claim to be the champion of the poor may have won him followers. However, it is not clear if his rebellion is better characterized as the last great uprising of thematic armies, rather than as a civil war supported by a massive social movement. In any case, the intervention of Bulgar khan Omurtag (qq.v.) turned the tide in favor of Michael II, who captured and executed Thomas.

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