Iconoclastic edicts by Leo the isaurian, against the worship of images, causes tumult and insurrection in Constantinople.
Already, under Leo the isaurian, the virgin Theodosia had been martyred.
These enemies were the freebooters who dwelt in the isaurian mountains, wild and untamed in their secure fastnesses.
A vigorous Emperor, Leo the isaurian (717-741), took the radical step.
A few months before, Leo the isaurian had ascended the throne and prepared the city for the siege.
Leo the isaurian in 726, began an attack on all use of images, and a Council at Constantinople in 752, rejected them altogether.
isaurian Leontius was succeeded by Apsimar, who adopted the name Tiberius, and these two reigns occupied the first ten years.
The use of images was commonly received in the east, when the Emperor Leo the isaurian, resolved to abolish the practice.
The firm government of the isaurian dynasty seems to have benefited Greece, whose commerce and industry again became flourishing.
When Leo the isaurian had secured his empire against foreign enemies, he set himself resolutely to convert heretics.