Justinian II of Byzantine Emperor was called “the slit nosed”. His nose was cut off in 695 to stop him from seeking the throne as tradition prevented mutilated people from imperial rule. He replaced his nose with solid gold prosthesis and retook the throne in 705.

Justinian II of Byzantine Emperor was called “the slit nosed”. His nose was cut off in 695 to stop him from seeking the throne as tradition prevented mutilated people from imperial rule. He replaced his nose with solid gold prosthesis and retook the throne in 705.

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Justinian II's sketch
Justinian II

Leontios, claimant to the throne and a general of the Eastern Roman empire cut off Justinian II’s nose.

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