9. BURAPHUS (Βούραφος
), the patrician, count of the Thema Obsequium, comprehending the parts of Mysia and Bithynia adjacent to the Propontis.
He was in Thrace with his forces, defending that province from the Bulgarians, when he entered into a conspiracy with Theodore Myacius to dethrone the emperor Philippicus, or Bardanes, who was seized and blinded (A. D. 713) by Rufus, an officer sent by George to Constantinople with a few soldiers. But George himself and his principal accomplices suffered the same fate very shortly after at the hands of the new emperor Artemius or Anastasius II. (Nicephor. Constantinop. De Rebus post Mauric. Gestis,
p. 55, ed. Bonn.; Theophanes, Chronog.
vol. i. p. 587, 588, ed. Bonn.)