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Headword: Ἰωάννης
Adler number: iota,468
Translated headword: Johannes, Ioannes, John
Vetting Status: high
[Johannes,] the man who usurped power at Rome in the time of Theodosius;[1] he was humble and well-off for intelligence and quite knowledgeable about how to pretend excellent character. He managed his tyranny moderately, nor did he give heed to the slanderers, nor did he commit unjust murder, at least willingly, nor did he attempt to take anyone's money.
Greek Original:
Ἰωάννης, ὁ τυραννήσας εἰς Ῥώμην ἐπὶ Θεοδοσίου, πρᾶος ἦν καὶ ξυνέσεως εὖ ἥκων καὶ ἀρετῆς μεταποιεῖσθαι ἐξεπιστάμενος. ὃς τὴν τυραννίδα μετρίως ἐξηγήσατο, οὐδὲ τοῖς διαβάλλουσι τὴν ἀκοὴν ὑπέσχεν οὐδὲ φόνον ἄδικον εἰργάσατο ἑκών γε εἶναι οὐδὲ χρημάτων ἀφαιρέσει ἐπέθετο.
Johannes was Honorius' secretary (primicerius notariorum) and on his death made himself the western emperor at Rome (423-425). He was later deposed by the eastern emperor Theodosius II (408-450), who eventually had him killed. See Hugh Elton's DIR entry at web address 1 and the Wikipedia entry at web address 2.
For the present material see Procopius, History of the Wars of Justinian 3.3.6-7; and cf. xi 133, upsilon 399.
[1] Emperor Theodosius II: theta 145 and web address 3.
Associated internet addresses:
Web address 1,
Web address 2,
Web address 3
Keywords: biography; chronology; economics; ethics; historiography; history; politics
Translated by: Abram Ring on 3 May 2006@19:06:28.
Vetted by:
Catharine Roth (tweaked translation, added cross-reference and keyword, set status) on 3 May 2006@19:23:26.
David Whitehead (augmented notes and keywords; cosmetics) on 4 May 2006@03:23:52.
David Whitehead on 13 January 2013@07:49:04.
Catharine Roth (supplemented note) on 29 August 2013@22:08:24.
Catharine Roth (expanded note) on 28 November 2014@22:30:56.


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