Praejecta or Praiecta was a niece to
Justinian I (r.
527–565) by blood and of his empress Theodora by marriage.
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Praejecta was a daughter of
Vigilantia and Dulcidio (or Dulcissimus),
respectively the sister and brother-in-law of Emperor Justinian. She
was also a sister of the later
Justin II (r.
565–578) and the patricius Marcellus.
She was initially married to the patricius Areobindus, a senator of
noble birth. In 545, as the situation in Africa had gotten out of
control following the death of Solomon and his replacement by his
incompetent nephew Sergius, Areobindus, although having no prior
military experience, was dispatched there with a small force.
Areobindus was placed as joint commander with Sergius, but the two
generals did not agree, with predictably disastrous results for the
Byzantine imperial effort: the imperial forces were severely defeated
at Thacia, although they managed to kill the rebel Stotzas. Following
this, Sergius was relieved and Areobindus was installed in his
stead. Soon, however, (March 546) he was murdered in a military
mutiny led by Guntharic, the dux Numidiae.
Praejecta and her
sister-in-law had been sent to safety to a fortified monastery in
Carthage, but when Guntharic took over the city, they were removed
from there. Guntharic, who probably intended to marry Praejecta, kept
her under house arrest but treated her well.
After Guntharic's assassination by the Armenian Artabanes in May and
the restoration of Byzantine imperial rule,
Praejecta rewarded him
with a large sum of money and became engaged to him. Once she was back
at Constantinople, Artabanes followed, but Empress Theodora discovered
that he was already married and forbade the union. Artabanes was
enraged by this affair, and it contributed to his involvement in the
failed conspiracy to overthrow Emperor Justinian in late 548.
Praejecta was instead married off to John, son of Pompeius and
grandson of Hypatius, a marriage which took place sometime in
^ Martindale, Jones & Morris 1992, pp. 428, 816, 1048.
^ Martindale, Jones & Morris 1992, pp. 107, 1048.
^ Martindale, Jones & Morris 1992, p. 107; Bury 1923, Volume
2, pp. 145–146.
^ Martindale, Jones & Morris 1992, p. 108.
^ a b c Bury 1923, Volume 2, p. 146.
^ Martindale, Jones & Morris 1992, p. 1048.
^ Martindale, Jones & Morris 1992, pp. 127–128, 1048.
^ cf. Bury 1923, Volume 2, pp. 67–69; Martindale, Jones & Morris
1992, p. 128.
^ Martindale, Jones & Morris 1992, p. 665.
^ Martindale, Jones & Morris 1992, pp. 664, 1049.
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