to fight with the Medes and Babylonians, who had overthrown
the dominion of the Assyrians, This is a remarkable passage of chronology in Josephus, that about the
latter end of the reign of Josiah, the Medes and Babylonians overthrew
the empire of the Assyrians; or, in the words of Tobit's continuator, that
"before Tobias died, he heard of the destruction of Nineveh, which
was taken by Nebuchodonosor the Babylonian, and Assuerus the Mede,"
Tob. 14:15. See Dean Prideaux's Connexion, at the year 612.
for he had a desire to reign over Asia. Now when he was come to the city
Mendes, which belonged to the kingdom of Josiah, he brought an army to
hinder him from passing through his own country, in his expedition against
the Medes. Now Neco sent a herald to Josiah, and told him that he did not
make this expedition against him, but was making haste to Euphrates; and
desired that he would not provoke him to fight against him, because he
obstructed his march to the place whither he had resolved t
an noble, and was at Constantinople (A. D. 610) when Heraclius, to whom she was betrothed, having assumed the purple in Africa, sailed to Constantinople to dethrone the tyrant Phocas. Phocas shut her up in a monastery with the mother of Heraclius; but his fall led to their release.
She was married on the day of Heraclius's coronation, and crowned with him, and, according to Zonaras, received from him the name of Fabia; but Cedrenus makes Fabia her original name, which is more likely.
She had by Heraclius, according to Zonaras, three children, a daughter Epiphania, and two sons, the elder named Heraclius and the younger Constantine.
She died soon after the birth of the youngest child. Cedrenus assigns to them only a daughter and one son, who was, according to him, called both Heraclius and Constantine.
He places the death of Eudocia in the second year of Heraclius, A. D. 612. (Zonaras, Annales, vol. iii. pp. 66, 67, ed. Basil, 1557 ; Cedrenus, Compendium, pp. 713-14, ed. Bonn, 1838-9.)