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Geor'gius SYRUS

20. SYRUS (Συρος was sent by the emperor Justinian II., with a few ships and 300 soldiers, against the town of Chersonae, in the Chersonnesus Taurica, the inhabitants of which were in a state of insurrection. George, with his party, was admitted into the town, and there he was killed by the townsmen, with Joannes, one of his chief officers, and the rest of his troops taken prisoners, A. D. 711. (Theophan. Chronog. vol. i. p. 580, ed. Bonn.)

Beside personages belonging to the Byzantine empire, there were many Georges in the states which were formed out of it during its decay, or at its fall. The name occurs in the notices of the Servian, or Bulgarian, or Albanian provinces and chieftains. The most eminent was George Castriota, better known by the epithet Scanderbeg, who lived about the time of the filal capture of Constantinople (A. D. 1453). Among the Comneni of Trebizond [COMNENUS] there was one emperor George (A. D. 1266 to 1280), and there were several Georges members of the imperial family.


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