PRAEJECTA or PRAIECTA was a niece to
* 1 Biography
* 2 References
* 2.1 Citations * 2.2 Sources
* 3 External links
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
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
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 546–548.
* ^ Martindale, Jones & Morris 1992 , pp. 428, 816, 1048. * ^ Martindale, Jones & Morris 1992 , pp. 107, 1048. * ^ Martindale, Jones 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 Martindale, Jones & Morris 1992 , p. 128. * ^ Martindale, Jones & Morris 1992 , p. 665. * ^ Martindale, Jones -webkit-column-count: 2; column-count: 2;">
* Bury, John Bagnell (1923) . History of the Later Roman Empire: From Arcadius to Irene (395 A.D. to 800 A.D.). II. New York, New York and London, United Kingdom: Macmillan & Company Limited. * Martindale, John Robert; Jones, Arnold Hugh Martin; Morris, J., eds. (1992). The Prosopography of the Later Roman Empire. III: A.D. 527–641. Cambridge, United Kingdom: Cambridge University Press. ISBN 978-0-521-20160-5 .