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Leo the Khazar by Chrysa Sakel

This is a portrait of Emperor Leo of Khazar that I created in collaboration with the Eastern Roman History channel.


Leo IV Khazar was the son of Constantine V and Tzitzak from Khazar (a state composed of Turkic-speaking tribes, today's Southern Russia and Ukraine)

With today's ethnic concepts and somewhat arbitrarily we can say that he was half Greek (Roman) half Turkish.


He married Irene Sarantapichaina (who probably wiped him out). We know her better as Emperor Irene or Athens.


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