(c. 580 – 13 August 612), originally named Fabia
, was a Byzantine
lady who became the first empress-consort
from 610 to her death in 612.
She was a daughter of Rogas. The name of her father was recorded in the chronicle of Theophanes the Confessor
. Rogas was a landowner in the Exarchate of Africa
Her birth name was Fabia. She was bethrothed to Heraclius
when the future emperor still resided in the Exarchate. The Exarch at the time was her father-in-law Heraclius the Elder
Heraclius had started a revolt against Phocas
in 608. Under unknown circumstances both Fabia and her mother-in-law Epiphania
seem to have been captured by Phocas by 610. They spent their captivity in the monastery "Nea Metanoia" (New Repentance) and were used as hostages to prevent Heraclius from besieging Constantinople
The two women were eventually released by members of the Green faction of Byzantine chariot racing
events. They were delivered to Heraclius to the island of Calonymus
(now Calomio), leaving him free to launch his successful assault. The Excubitors
defected to his side and thus allowed him to enter the city without serious resistance.
On 5 October, 610, Heraclius was proclaimed Emperor. On the same day they were married. She took the name Eudokia at this point. She was granted the title of Augusta.
They had two children:
- Eudoxia Epiphania, a daughter. Born on 7 July, 611. She was proclaimed Augusta on 4 October, 612.