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Thomas the Slav (c. 760 – 823 AD) was a 9th-century Byzantine
military commander, most notable for leading a wide-scale revolt
against Emperor Michael II the Amorian in 820–823. An army officer of
Slavic origin from the Pontus region, Thomas rose to prominence under
the protection of general Bardanes Tourkos. After Bardanes's failed
rebellion in 803, Thomas fell into obscurity until Leo V's rise to the
throne, when Thomas was raised to a senior military command. After the
murder of Leo and usurpation of the throne by Michael the Amorian,
Thomas revolted, claiming the throne for himself. Thomas quickly
secured support from most of the themes (provinces) and troops in Asia
Minor, and concluded an alliance with the Abbasid Caliphate. He sailed
with his army to besiege Constantinople. Michael II called for help
from the Bulgar ruler Omurtag, whose troops attacked Thomas's army.
Although repelled, the Bulgars inflicted heavy casualties on Thomas's
men, who broke and fled when Michael took to the field a few months
later. Thomas sought refuge in Arcadiopolis, where he was soon seized
by Michael's troops and executed. (more...)
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